What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie? What were the biggest differences between the book and the movie?
Think about your favorite character from a book. If you could turn that book into a series, where would your character go? What would your character do?
What was your favorite bedtime story when you were younger? What did you like most about that book? Why was it your favorite?
Many children's books have pop-up or sliding pages. What do you think this type of "paper engineering" adds to the story? Do you think the stories would be just as good without this type of construction? Why or why not?
- Tell students that before any movie can be made, one thing has to be done: Someone has to pitch the idea to those who will make the movie. They have to sell their idea and convince the buyers it will be a success. And they don't have much time to do this.
- Explain that the first thing you have to do when writing a pitch is to grab people's attention. Write one or two sentences, or a logline, that captures the big idea by summarizing the core conflict and leaves buyers wanting to learn more.
- Then, you must write a brief outline of your idea. Don't tell the whole story, but do introduce the main characters and summarize the plot. Emphasize key details or moments that make your story unique and worth watching.
- The final step is presentation. Remember, you are selling your idea. Be confident. Be enthusiastic. Present your idea and answer any questions the buyers have with brief, accurate answers.
- Have students choose their favorite book. Instruct them to write a pitch-both logline and outline-to turn that book into a movie.
- Invite students to pitch their ideas to the class. Encourage classmates to ask questions about each idea. Challenge presenters to give brief, accurate answers.
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