Script Writing for Key Stage 3: Lesson 1 Plot Structure

Task 1

What makes a good story? What makes a good film? Maybe it is a good villain? A believable scenario? Plenty of action between the hero and villain? Something that makes you think. Something that makes you happy.

Write down your five top tips for a good film, story or play?

Task 2

Watch the video or watch it on YouTube and takes notes about the structure of a story.

Task 3

Create your story for the film/play you are planning. If you are stuck for ideas, create a mind map of possible plots. Remember that the core of the story needs to focus on a central character (the protagonist) who has to overcome a character flaw to overcome the antagonist.

Use one of the different plot structures explained on the video. Here is a reminder of the Fretag structure:

  1. Exposition: the portion of a story that introduces important background information to the audience; for example, information about the setting, events occurring before the main plot, characters’ back stories, etc. 
  2. Rising action: a series of events build toward the point of greatest interest.
  3. Climax: the turning point, which changes the protagonist’s fate. 
  4. Falling action: the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist unravels, with the protagonist winning or losing against the antagonist.
  5. Dénouement: events from the end of the falling action to the actual ending scene of the drama or narrative.

Task 4

Write a blurb for your film/play idea that sums up the plot and why an audience would want to watch it.