Teaching Playwriting in Schools

This Teaching Playwriting in Schools unit also includes:

The world is a stage, and so is your classroom! Hone the skills of the next generation of Tony® award winners with a set of exercises, reference pages, writing prompts, and excerpts from famous plays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Organize a student writing club in which participants work on individual or group plays, finishing the year with a drama festival in which they can perform what they have written
  • Use the exercises as part of a creative writing seminar or when responding to famous plays in language arts
  • Distribute the problem pages in a drama class, and have learners collaborate on short scripts that avoid these pitfalls
  • Prompt class members to use one or more opening line from pages 21 and 22
Classroom Considerations

  • Refer to page 10 for a list of writing ideas and prompts
  • Augment the list of possible festivals and competitions in which learners can enter their work
Pros

  • A helpful and versatile resource
  • Addresses both creative writing, literary analysis skills, and the revision step in the writing process
Cons

  • None