Elements of Story: Introduction Three Act Structure


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This lesson is designed to either be executed in one 90-100
minute block period or two  50 minute blocks. It introduces
the concept of narrative plot and act structure within film and
television. Students are first encouraged to reflect upon the idea
of story in their own lives, followed by a screening of a familiar
television series, "Hey Arnold" where they will be prompted to make
observations about the structure of the story. This leads up to an
introduction to the general vocabulary involved in the elements of
story and three-act structure. They will have the opportunity to
create their own metaphors for the diagram (activity #1) and
finally apply the plot points to the structure of the episode
viewed at the beginning of class (activity #2). To end the lesson,
the students present both their metaphors and their plot points to
the class. 


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    Grade: 10 to 12