Introduce students to the components of dramas and plays with our Dramas and Plays Lesson Plan. This interactive lesson enables students to define a drama/play and identify the different characteristics of a play, such as actors, scenes, lines, etc. Students also engage in collaborative learning and creative thinking as they write and perform their own play.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
- As soon as students are seated and at attention, begin the one-person one-act short play. Change your voice when changing characters, etc. Be sure there is a beginning, middle, and end.
- When completed, ask: What have I just performed?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if a play can be done by just one person.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead students into more information about plays and drams. Ask students if they have ever seen a play? Allow for responses.
- Distribute Drama/Plays content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Use the additional resources to locate a play, assigning each student a part to read aloud during class.
- Distribute the Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. Remind students these are things they need to be aware of during the activity.
- Distribute the Activity page. Read and review the instructions. You may group the students in threes or fours. Give students sufficient time to write the play. Stress using the eight steps and other information from the content pages.
- Assign a writer or secretary for each group.
- Once all groups have completed their plays, each group will perform the play without props, etc., in front of the room.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 3-4 class sessions
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