Thursday, February 23, 2012

Screenwriting...for third graders??

"Screenwriting for Third Graders" is the title of an essay on The Hollywood Reporter's web site. It tells of some Hollywood types going into a needy elementary school in the area to help students understand what they do. I really am fond of this idea, because first, kids love the movies, and secondly, all media (including film) start out as writing. (Too bad you won't find that fact in any English Language Arts textbook.)   I can't think of a better way to engage this audience than to show them actual screenplays and explore the codes and conventions in them.

Film is one of those "new literacies" that many teachers are still (even today) discovering.

If you're not already aware of it, I have developed a web page entitled
"Scriptwriting In The Classroom" which offers ideas, suggestions and resources.

So, for all the teachers trying to engage students in digital storytelling, book trailer production and more, please checkout
my page.

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