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Take some time to write multiple play scripts in your class. The first script is entirely collaborative. The class decides on characters and a first line, individuals choose a second line of dialogue and then pass their notebooks around in a circle, adding a line to each script that passes through. The second script is individual and the third is completed in small groups and related to the natural world. Playwrights can perform one, two, or three different plays over the course of two days!
Cultural Creation Myths
Young scholars write original plays based on supernatural explanations of existence. In this cultural creation myths lesson, students listen to five different stories about supernatural creation. Young scholars record similarities and differences in these stories. Students write a 300 word essay about the basic elements in these stories and then work in groups to write a play and perform it.
Production of a Christmas Tree Ship Play
Fourth graders research and write a play about the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship that sank in 1912. They write the play and create the props before presenting the play.
Cultural Creation Myths
Ninth graders examine different cultures. In this Current Events lesson, 9th graders compare and contrast different cultures. Students write a play that explains one of these cultures.
Panther Exam: Writing a Play
Young scholars demonstrate their knowledge of panthers by writing a play on the subject. In this animal life lesson, students view a slide-show on school computers of a veterinary exam of a panther. Young scholars utilize this scenario to write a play about it, later performing the play in front of their class.
Adding Snap to Language Arts
Students take photographs of themselves, animals, and objects and used these photos as springboards for writing stories, plays, photo captions, comic strips, ads for products, and greeting card messages.
Playwriting: Structural Tools
Ninth graders participate in improvisations, script analysis, writing, and creating written scenes. They identify language arts writing terms and identify them in a short story. Students use structural tools for dramatic scripts needed to build conflict and believable plots. The finished work will be 8 to 15 pages in length.
Third graders investigate the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. They experiment with various tools to simulate the mouth parts of insects, conduct research, record their observations of butterflies hatching, write a play, complete various worksheets, and take a pre and post test.
Checkmate: The Play's The Thing
Students investigate the Middle Ages and it's relation to the theater. In this acting lesson, students read Arthurian stories form the Middle Ages and practice using vocabulary words from the Medieval Times. Students write a play set in the era and act it out in front of their classmates.
Acting Up, a Melodrama
Students examine the attributes of melodramas. In this language arts lesson, students read the melodramas described in Alcott's Little Women. Students then interpret the acts in the melodrama and present them for their classmates.
History of Mysteries
Students read or listen to excerpts from "The Shadow," research famous mystery writers throughout history, examine how style of writing evolved over time, and write mystery plays either individually, in small groups, or as class.
Seven Famous African-American Masters of American Art
Students examine seven different African-American artists. In groups, they use the internet to identify their contribution and techniques to the art world and examine the time period in which the artwork was produced. To end the lesson, they use the knowledge they have gathered to write a play or story.
Students explore play writing. In this literacy and technology lesson, students choose a familiar historical event and write a play with the corresponding setting. Students write text and dialogue, produce sound recordings, and create a podcast using their play.
The World of Puppets
Students visit given web-sites to find out what puppets look like in different countries and then make a puppet and write a play for it.
The Play's the Thing
Pupils study the life and works of William Shakespeare. They investigate the art of playwriting and write a play of their own.
Cultural Creation Myths
Young scholars analyze various cultural creation myths, write essays on three different societal stories, and create a play based upon one of those stories in this cross-curricular Theatre project for High School students. Cooperative learning is emphasized.
The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Fifth graders research theories about the lost colony. They apply their findings to writing plays about the colony complete with costumes and props. They present their plays to classmates and video tape their performances.
Steamboats on the Rio Grande
Students build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They write a play about life aboard steamboats and perform for the school. Students visit historical sites related to this study. This is the 11th in a series of lessons.
Pupils listen to a play, or perhaps, take turns reading portions of it aloud. Afterward, they thoughtfully analyze and discuss the components of a well-written play. Next, a theme is assigned, and each person writes a play in conjunction with the Hollywood software program.
Learners work with a partner to write a play, story or ad that teaches about our choices as consumers. Students focus on educating people about how food choices make a difference in their lives.