Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film

In this lesson, students learn the craft of screenwriting, engage in historical research to learn how filmmakers combine scholarship and imagination to convey historical figures and events to an audience, and reflect on how cinematic storytelling can shape our view of the past.

Guiding Questions

How does screenwriting compare to academic, creative, technical, and other forms of writing?

How do screenwriters combine scholarship and imagination to convey historical figures and events to an audience?

How does cinematic storytelling shape how we imagine the past?

Learning Objectives

Examine a first-person documentary narrative from a screenwriter's point of view to determine the information needed to create a story about the past.

Evaluate the relationship between historical narrative and the storytelling conventions of film.

Create a script that combines research and imagination to tell a story about one or more historical figures.