Primary 5 to Primary 6 English Creative Writing: From Page to Film
Writing enrichment can stem from many sources of media. In this course, students will hone their writing skills through a study of books that were adapted into film. We will get our creative juices flowing with whimsical writing tasks designed to bring out the potential screenwriter. In the process, students will study various forms of language tools, themes and motifs that make a narrative alluring.
Students will have a task at the end of every lesson, they can choose to submit, but the homework will not be marked. Teachers will give an overview and may display good works.
Nov - Dec 2021
We will kick off the course by diving straight into the core of a good film or story: the conflict. Students will learn about the types of conflict faced by various characters in a story. This first step gives them the opportunity to brainstorm movie or book ideas which they will then pitch.
The most iconic and memorable characters in films and books are those with a clear-set persona that the audience can relate to. In this lesson, students will learn about character design.
Prior to the lesson, students will be instructed to watch a film. During the lesson, we will analyse how setting the stage differs between novels and film. Students will learn how storyboarding forms the backbone of film production and its application in storytelling.
In a film, the set is a powerful storytelling tool. How would that translate onto a page? Not only do our descriptions need to be vivid, but it needs to tie in with the narrative we are trying to tell. In this lesson, students will learn how to enrich their writing through a powerful description of setting.
In this lesson, we will analyse various literary devices in narratives and how that translates into film. We will also synthesise our appreciation of both the film and movie version to understand the impact of a film’s general stylistic choices.
In the overview, we will study a breath of material to appreciate their individual forms of artistic expression. Through this, we will build an enduring understanding that both literature and other media can be used to convey a message or point of view.
Tatum Rosete loves enabling students to communicate better. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and a minor in Psychology. Tatum brings a keen technical understanding of how language works as a participant in the MOE Language Elective Programme (English Language and Linguistics). With 5 years of experience teaching English, Tatum is able to decode how children think and how to develop their unique potentials. She also volunteered as a mentor for the less privileged at Sengkang CDAC where she crafted and taught a well-received Creative Writing Workshop.