Students will demonstrate their understanding of dramatic text and their ability to create character, relationship, dialogue, and action by writing original 10 to 15 minute long scripts.
Dramatic structure, character analysis, text analysis, relationship, conflict, dialogue
1994 National Standards:
Content Standard 1: Script writing by improvising, writing, and refining scripts based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history.
Content Standard 4: Directing by interpreting dramatic texts and organizing and conducting rehearsals for informal or formal productions.
This unit usually happens at an intermediate or advanced level after students have been through a basic playwriting unit to introduce basic concepts of play structure, character develop and script format. Additionally, it is nice if the students have completed a unit in theatre history or theatre movements so they are aware of many different approaches, styles, and movements in theatre.
Lesson 1: Dramatic Writing Students will demonstrate their understanding of the difference between narrative and dramatic writing by creating scenes where story is told mostly through action.
Lesson 3: Sharing and Revising Story Ideas Students will demonstrate their ability to create storylines by presenting their ideas and by offering suggestions to other students about how to improve their storylines.