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Lesson Plan

Writing a Movie: Summarizing and Rereading a Film Script

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Smartboard or chart paper and markers

  • VHS or DVD of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial directed by Steven Spielberg (Universal Studios, 1982)

  • Word processing program

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Rubric for Writing a Movie

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1. In this lesson, students will write a summary for a brief segment of the film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. To prepare for the lesson, watch the entire film in advance to familiarize yourself with the story.

2. There are many excellent websites offering background information and interactive activities for the film, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Visit the following websites to prepare for the lesson:

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