ERIC Number: ED449540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History through Film. [Lesson Plan].
National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
This lesson plan for students in grades 9-12 follows the guiding question, "How do filmmakers bring history to life, and how does filmed history represent (or misrepresent) historical realities?" Through these lessons, students employ the screenwriter's craft to gain a fresh perspective on historical research, learning how filmmakers combine scholarship and imagination to bring historical figures to life and how the demands of cinematic storytelling can shape the view of the past. Students will: (1) learn about the craft of filmmaking and role of the screenwriter; (2) examine a first-person documentary narrative from a screenwriter's point of view, focusing on the kinds of information needed to create a story that will bring the past to life on film; (3) gather contextual details through historical research; (4) consider the relationship between historical narrative and the storytelling conventions of film; and (5) produce a film scenario and script a scene based on the life of a historical figure. Intended for grades 9-12, the plan notes subject areas covered (literature/biography, U.S. history, and film), time required to complete the lesson, skills used and taught in the lesson, and the standards developed by professional associations or governments that are related to the lesson. Activities to extend the lesson and references for further exploration conclude the lesson plan. (SR)
Descriptors: Biographies, Class Activities, Females, Film Study, Films, High Schools, Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Literature Appreciation, Research Skills, Social Studies, United States History
Full text at: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lessonplans/scripting_past.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.