The Self-Publishing Classroom: Script Frenzy
Today’s post on The Writing Teacher inspired me to think about a script-writing unit for writers’ workshop and social studies.
“Who wants to spend the next thirty days writing a script?” This is the question that led my sixth grade class on a writing adventure that took us from war-torn beaches to invading aliens, and from invading gnomes to talking kittens trying to break their fellow felines out of the pound. It was a journey of creativity and wonder, and a ton of teachable moments!
Script Frenzy is an international script-writing event that occurs April 1st – 30th every year. Participants have one month to write a script (Script Frenzy says “screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, comics and graphic novels” are welcome). The website gives students tools and tips to write their scripts. Teachers can receive a free Script Frenzy Classroom Kit.
Next year, I hope to make this a social studies project where students turn historic events and narratives into scripts.
Check out The Writing Teacher’s article for ideas and links to help you plan and execute your unit.
Who knows, maybe I’ll be mentioned in an Oscar’s acceptance speech someday…..