Lesson Plan

Scriptwriting with Wiki

Students use a wiki to create a web show script
Vaneese M.
Technology coordinator
University Of Nebraska - Kearney
Kearney, NE
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

  1. Identify elements of scripts and scene development
  2. Develop characters
  3. Develop scenarios for characters to go through
  4. Work collaboratively to produce a web show script

Materials Needed:

  • Chromebook with internet access for each student
  • Projector 
Subjects
English Language Arts
writing
writing clearly
Arts
Grades 9 - 10
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

Teacher asks students to name their favorite television show and describe why it's their favorite.

Teacher asks students to think about the different parts of a script. The key parts, or elements of a script, will be written on a projector or screen. 

Student Instructions

Students provide feedback and requested information about their favorite television shows. 

 

2 Direct Instruction

Prior to starting the lesson, the teacher will have created a wiki classroom. 

Teacher will provide students with an example of a well-written television, play, or book character. 

Teacher will enter script title into wiki, along with a list of characters created by students. 

Student Instructions

Students will watch YouTube video on character development.

Students will brainstorm ideas and a title for the web show script. 

Students will brainstorm 5-7 characters for inclusion in the web show script. 

3 Guided Practice

Wikispaces
Free, Paid

Teacher will demonstrate how to edit, format, and save content in the wiki through use of the Chromebook. Teacher's screen will be shared and projected onto a larger screen. 

Student Instructions

Students will follow along using their Chromebook. 

Students will practice editing, formatting, and saving content in the wiki and ask questions for clarification. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Teacher will create a setting and opening scene for the script based on the ideas presented by the class.

Teacher will split class into 5-7 groups based on the 5-7 characters created by the class. 

Limitations and rules will be set by the teacher regarding the editing of classmate's work. 

Student Instructions

Students will create a dialogue and scene for their assigned character. 

On a rotating basis, students will edit the next group's work until all student work has been edited. 

5 The Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Students will be assessed on their ability to

  1. identify and use the various elements of a script
  2. apply their knowledge of character and scene development to their group script
  3. edit with professionalism, while respecting the work of their peers