Narrative Script Formatting



The main focus of this lesson is the technical formatting of the written script.

Students will learn about the five elements of a story (5 W's), and apply those elements into the traditional three-act plot structure from the previous lesson in this course. This lesson expands the content of the previous lesson; plot-development, and how to write a story and teaches how to go from story, setting and plot to finished movie script.

Students will be able to identify and discuss the specific formatting details of a traditional narrative movie script. Students will produce and format their own narrative script.

Lesson Time

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)
California Academic Content Standards (7)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn to identify the five main elements of a story
  • Students will learn the three-act design of the traditional screenplay.
  • Students will understand the basics of plot development, and character development.
  • The students will learn the terminology, format, and basic elements of a narrative film script.
  • Students will be able to create a narrative story, and properly format the story as a film script.

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