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Engage and entertain young learners with this collection of readers theatre activities. With over 25 different scripts, a wide range of topics are covered from simple counting and rhyming exercises to adaptions of popular children's literature like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The BFG. No matter what the grade level, this resource has something for every elementary school teacher, offering a great opportunity to add some variety to the standard curriculum.
Develop novice script-writers. Small groups sift through a sample script, noting any script-writing conventions to share with the whole class. Using these conventions and plot structures, these groups compose a script for a 10 minute excerpt of a television crime drama. Learners can either film their scripts or perform them in front of the class with props. They are assessed by peer evaluators. This resource is well-constructed and complete.
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts lesson. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their narrative movie script. They work through a writing process to write their narrative. A rubric includes ways for them to focus on precise language and story organization.
Take writing prompts to another level in this activity, which allows pupils to create scenes of dialogue based on the 1903 silent film, The Great Train Robbery. Useful for a language arts/history cross-curricular activity, the lesson guides young writers through the historical context of the movie, appropriate music choices for mood, and eventually, a Six Trait writing process for their scripts. This is guaranteed to get even your most passive writers' attention!
Second graders analyze a script for its story elements and study theatrical elements for the script. In this script analysis instructional activity, 2nd graders complete a pre-assessment for their knowledge base of script and story elements. Students then discuss the elements for the script and complete a post assessment of scripts.
Students write script for a puppet show. In this writing lesson, students write a puppet show script using facts from a previous lesson. They listen to DyAnne DiSalvo Ryan's, City Green before discussing the characters and which ones were for the common good. They practice reading the script before recording it on a tape.
Pupils use research previously completed to write a script for a puppet show. They use peer editing to check for grammar and mechanics. They read their script to the class and record it on a tape.
Breathe life into a reading of the children's story Clever Jack Takes the Cake with this Reader's Theater script. Offering speaking roles for nine students plus a sound effects chorus, this is a great activity that engages the whole class in a fun retelling of this fairy tale. Perform an informal reading of the script with just your students, or create props and costumes and put on a show for whole school!
Readers' Theater is a great way to get pupils engaged in story elements, oral reading, and expression in a fun setting! Using the story Stone Soup, actors discuss the story, review difficult vocabulary, rehearse lines, and incorporate physical theater to adapt the book to live performance. There are helpful tips here on timing, student expectations, and extension ideas. However, the scripts described are only available for purchase.
I love this project! We all read and summarize chapters with our students, but not like this. The class is broken into 4 groups, each group reads a different Newberry book and summarizes each chapter. They use their chapter summaries to storyboard and then write a script which will be filmed with a digital camera. A high school student will then help each group edit and produce their film. This is a great way to get kids into reading, thinking logically, and creatively.
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past..." Use this Great Gatsby novel study lesson to reinforce literary analysis in your class. Working in groups, young readers write a script for a chosen scene from the novel. Suggestions for choosing characters, narrators, sound effects, dialogue, and setting the stage are given. Use a different novel for younger readers.
Students read and analyze "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. They answer discussion questions, complete a graphic organizer, and write a script for an interrogation or courtroom scene in the style of the television show, "Law and Order."
Young scholars examine the transition of a story from book to screenplay. In this in-depth literature study, students examine how a book is made into a screenplay and transform their favorite book into a script for a screenplay.
Students discover the affects of prescription drug abuse. In this drug awareness lesson, students use a scripted series of scenes for a play to understand facts and data concerning addiction in individuals and society. This lesson includes a project an assessment, web resources, and worksheets.
Introduce your young thespians to the elements of drama! Key vocabulary helps them through their first week of class. The presentation outlines parts of a script, stage direction, and strategies for reading a script. Tip: The strategies for script reading might be useful for struggling readers.
What a lovely way to incorporate artwork into your language arts lesson plan. View artwork in illustrated manuscript pages, depicting insects, animals, plants, flowers, and ornate writing in the Getty Museum. Practice using figurative language to describe the rich resources and then create a work of art that illustrates a figurative saying with a drawing of flora and/or fauna, and text written in ornate script. Contains links to relevant botanical and insect drawings.
Have your class conduct research to learn all they can about simple machines. They use the web, take notes from a video, write a script, then make a film describing various simple machines found in real life. These videos are then presented to a 3rd grade class. It is always great to let your learners become the teachers (for a little while at least).
Ninth graders study a piece of literature, adapt it into a script and perform the piece to the class. Students practice reading their scripts. They use Inspiration software to create a multimedia presentation.
Second graders explore the use of properties or props during a production. After analyzing a short script, they identify important elements in the story. In groups, they design backdrops, properties, lighting and costumes.
Twelfth graders discuss the elements of Shakespeare's, Macbeth. They work in small groups to choose one scene from Macbeth to transform into a modern day presentation. They write an appropriate script and video the group presentation which is view by classmates.