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English Language Arts

The Creative Writing Classroom: Screenwriting 101

Screenwriting can be a complicated and complex writing form to master, but it can also be a lot of fun once you do. Screenwriting can also offer a way to practice and play with point of view, writing in the present tense, and showing not telling. This collection has a number of resources to help get your students started.
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The Creative Writing Classroom: Screenwriting 101
  • Megan McClure says:
    Mensa for Kids provides a number of lesson plans to guide students through the screenwriting process, from evaluating the makings of a good screenplay to various techniques students can employ to make their script really sing…or maybe even sell.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Screenwriting has its own language and this resource will help your students become fluent in script speak.
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    screencraft.org

    A Simple Guide to Formatting Television Scripts

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    Megan McClure says:
    This is a comprehensive article I have given to my students, and it details the differences between a film and a television script and offers a breakdown of each act found in a television script.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Final Draft has been my go-to screenwriting software for going on two decades. Therefore, I trust and recommend this resource, which details how to format a screenplay.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This book makes good on its promise - this is the last book on screenwriting you will ever need. Not only that, but it is simplified in such a way that young adults can comprehend and benefit from it, as well. Snyder offers the tips and tricks he gleaned along the way, including a number of excellent pre-writing strategies which only seek to strengthen students' story ideas before they ever start writing their actual stories.
  • Megan McClure says:
    I have written a number of screenplays throughout my writing career. None of them have sold (yet), however, my writing changed exponentially for the better when I started using the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet to outline my screenplay ideas before ever putting fingers to keys. I have encouraged my students to do the same, and their stories were well-thought out and better for it.
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