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Scene Writing: Literacy and Playwriting

Drama is ever-present in our daily lives and eloquently depicted on stage. Middle schoolers practice writing scenes based on different prompts and frameworks, and then perform those creative scenes for their classmates. The activities focus on the theme of family conflict in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, as well as the themes and characters studied in Romeo and Juliet.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate into a drama unit
  • Have learners expand their short skits into longer, developed scripts, with the option of acting them out with peers or creating short films
  • Combine some of the activities based on the skills and schedule of your class
Classroom Considerations

  • Addresses universal conflicts and themes; consider adding elements of the resource to a language arts unit even if your class isn't reading the two texts