Writing Non-Fiction for Video: Lesson 1



This is a method for creating successful non-fiction stories for video (Documentary, News Story, etc). This lesson details a process for writing, planning, shooting and editing a short documentary or news story.

The emphasis is on creating an interesting story using an easy to understand template.

Students will use this template based on the three act structure to fill in the story ideas in an effective order. The order of information will be prescribed by the words, "Understand", "Care" "Feel", "Learn",

Lesson Time

Day One: Lecture and Demonstration Activity
55 Minutes
Day Two: Brainstorm and Pitching
55 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

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

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (7)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Identify and understand the parts of a non-fiction story.
  • Learn how to use the Idea Web as a template for story development
  • Apply the concept, "Understand, Care, Feel, Learn" to the story structure.
  • Complete a practice Idea Web, for a hypothetical or made up story.
  • Create a bulleted outline from the Idea Web.

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