Lesson Plan

"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 6

How can a screenplay create meaning and drama in ways that other forms of writing cannot? That is the question class members must answer as they compare the cantina scene of the screenplay for George Lucas's Star Wars: A New Hope with the same scene in Ian Doescher's play, William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Expand the discussion and ask class members to brainstorm advantages of plays over films


Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope and excerpts of the screenplay for George Lucas's Stars Wars: A New Hope
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  • The worksheet asks pupils to move beyond the language differences and focus on slug lines, stage directions, parentheticals, and narrative action descriptions
  • Alas, does not provide a link for the referenced pages of the movie script; however, copies are available online