Script Writing Guide
- Narrator. This person will serve as the historical voice to the video. He/she will open and close the video, in addition to providing important historical information as the the scene progresses. The narrator is not an actor.
- Actors. These students will protray the human side of the Civil War. While historical information can be included in the dialogue, the focus should be on the human costs, feelings, and personal experiences of those being portrayed.
Skit Writing Process
- Choose the characters to be portrayed (i.e. are they soldiers, citizens, etc.). Create names and character profile. Groups should decide who will play each role.
- Using the preliminary scenario outline developed in Step 3 of the Process, students will create a detailed outline of the scene. Use your notes or do further research with the provided resources found on your topic page. This should include what exactly will be taking place and what issues will be discussed in chronological order. Your instructor must approve this section before starting the actual script.
- Begin writing the script as a group. Include the following
- Narrator sets up the scene by introducing the characters and explaining the historical setting.
- Dialogue between actors that addresses the human costs of the Civil War.
- Narration when needed to move from one scene to another or to provide additional explanation or historical facts to clarify the scene.
- Narrator must sum up the video and offer words of wisdom. He/she should reemphasize the importance of the event and the impact it had on individual lives.
- Type the script. The student who hand writes the group script, should not be the one who types it up.
- Each individual must have a copy of the final typed script.