This is an introduction to storytelling, including concepting/planning, story elements and structure, and writing a 1-scene treatment. Lesson 1 of 4.
This is the first of four lessons in the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) unit called "Pre-Production: The Importance of Storytelling, Storyboards, Scripts and Set Design!" In this lesson, students will dive into the art of storytelling by looking at the genres of TV/Film/Print media and examining the structure and elements of a 3-act story. They will develop a story concept that fits this model and write a 1-scene treatment to demonstrating one short story segment from their concept. (Note: This same story concept will be used throughout the PBL unit.) Depending on your preference, students may do this project individually or in pairs. It is possible to do small groups (3-4 students), but the process does not move more quickly as more minds work together.