Explore playscripts with this text types resource pack for year 3 and year 4. Pupils will read the model play script, a scene from Jack and the Beanstalk, and write their own play scripts, either continuing Jack and the Beanstalk, or using their knowledge of traditional tales to create scenes for another story that they are familiar with. They will use the model text to identify grammar and punctuation used which includes the use of adverbs and the present tense in stage directions. These can then be applied in their own writing.
This resource includes:
- Model text - Scene 2: Selling Daisy - A scene from a stage version of Jack and the Beanstalk
- Playscript writing sheet - A success criteria is included which lists the features of a playscript, with extra information on adverbs and the use of the present tense in stage directions
- Playscript planning sheet - a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing
- Writing paper: A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work
What is a playscript?
A playscript is written for actors to perform on the stage. The dialogue that characters must say is written with stage directions that direct how the dialogue should be said and how the characters should move and act on stage.
National Curriculum English programme of study links:
Pupils should plan their writing by discussing writing that is similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
There are also opportunities to explore the following objective:
Pupils should be taught to use and punctuate direct speech