Explore playscripts with this text types resource pack for year 5 and year 6. Pupils will read the model playscript, a scene from Alice in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter’s tea-party, showing WAGOLL (what a good one looks like); and write their own playscripts, either continuing the scene of the Mad Hatter’s tea-party, another scene from Alice in Wonderland or writing a scene 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 use of layout devices to structure the text. These can then be applied in their own writing.
This resource includes:
- Model text - Act ii Scene 1: Alice Arrives at the Tea-Party- A scene from a stage version of Alice in Wonderland
- Playscript success criteria writing sheet - This lists the features of a playscript, with extra information on adverbs and the use of layout devices to structure a playscript.
- 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 identifying the audience for and purpose for writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
Pupils should be taught to use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and guide the reader
There are also opportunities to explore the following objective:
Pupils should be taught to draft and write by ... integrating dialogue to convey characters and advance action