Week five marked the beginning of formatting a script for screen for 7th grade students. The first four weeks of the school year were spent introducing students to some of the basic core mechanics of cinema. One being genre and conventions.
Also, students were given a review of the Five Key Concepts of understanding media in their previous year of school. The first four weeks of the school year were used to help students make connections between the Five Key Concepts and their relationship to cinematic media.
This class focuses on the review of the first four weeks of learning.
In this video students are given a visual representation of a basic script format. The use of a drawn head and body are shown on a board and students are asked to fill in the aspects of the body as representations of a Scene Heading (the head of the diagram) and a Scene Description (the body on the diagram).
The first half of Digital Storytelling concentrates on students understanding how to tell a well developed story in cinematic media.
In the continuation of the week 6 class students are receiving guidance around the expectations of practicing script formatting at home. In the previous weeks students learned about genre and conventions of movies and in this homework activity students are using what they learned to create a three paragraph treatment. They are also incorporating what they learned up to this point around script formatting with scene headings and descriptions.
Digital Storytelling is a class that connects to students core Literacy and Social Studies classes. In week 7 students are continuing to develop the skills needed to create a script in a proper format. For this session students are starting to connect their understanding of dynamic characters from Literacy class to Media Literacy.
Students practice developing main and minor characters for their original scripts.
In week 8 students are preparing to create their first original script. This class starts with a writing exercise to focus student thinking around the task for the day. Next students are guided through writing scenes in proper format together as a class. Finally students are walked through the expectations of turning in their scripts by week 9.