Activity

Screenwriters!

Group story/script writing/Completion activity using Adj + (that)

Submitted by BoyNamedCrow

May 6, 2022

Estimated time: 35-45 Minutes

What You'll Need:
-Powerpoint
-Printed Sheets
-Ipads/Chromebooks Recommended

How to Use
1. Get students into groups.
2. Quick review of the Adj. + (That) grammar point
3. Inform students that they've been given a choice of three unfinished scripts, one of which they have to complete today! There are three choices, the ghost story, the Kaiju story, and the romance story.
4. In a group, students must fill in the blanks so that the story makes sense (?). All the stories heavily feature the Adj. + (That) grammar point.
5. The last slide has a set of easy examples of adjectives for groups to use. I recommend leaving this up while they complete the activity.
6. (Optional) Could be fun to have the students act out their script, if they complete them in funny or interesting ways.

Notes:
-Potential for things to go off the rails if groups perhaps get too creative with what they fill in the blanks with. Periodic check ins recommended to make sure everything stays pg-13. None of the stories are too nuts or overtly feature anything inappropriate, but middle schoolers will be middle schoolers.
-Kids found this a little difficult, understandably. I want to make it more like mad libs and include parts of speech.

Files:
  • ScreenwritersKaiju.docx (95.6 KB)
  • Screenwriters, a ghost story.docx (180 KB)
  • screenwriters love story.docx (156 KB)
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  • Screenwriters.pptx (4.42 MB)
  • 9
    1. UonumaRobert May 6, 2022

      I love this idea. If I were going to do it I’d make it less dialogue heavy. Film a demonstration version (a police drama maybe)with you and a couple of teachers that breaks up the dialogue with some action. Then the groups can plot and maybe perform their scenes with dialogue and action scenes. As written I think it would take a lot of groups way too long to fill in all that dialogue.

    2. UonumaRobert May 6, 2022

      If you cut each characters dialogue in half faster groups could finish one story, come to the teachers to get it filmed then go onto another story. Later if the class is into it you could play the recordings.

    3. Jake W May 6, 2022

      I always get a huge kick out of activities where students write dialogs.

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