Adding a Soliloquy - Part 1

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SWBAT use google docs to collaborate as they edit and enhance a dramatic scene.

Big Idea

To collaborate or not to collaborate? This is not an option.

Warm Up

5 minutes

Today is Trailer Tuesday, so I will show students a book trailer or two depending on length. I select trailers for new release books and great books that students aren't picking up. (The link provided will take you to an earlier lesson with my reflection explaining more about my use of book trailers.)

There are several sites online for locating book trailers.  A quick search on you tube will locate several. Of course, always preview the trailer before showing a class.

Lesson/Group Work

45 minutes

To begin class today, I'll ask students to get out the handout I gave them early in this unit where we labeled the script.  We'll review again the parts of the script and discuss how their script sections should be put together.

To add to the student ownership of this project, I will allow students to "help" me make a list of what we want to consider consider. These are areas I want to address and my notes (not directly shared with students):

Is a character list needed? 

(This is a personal preference for each group.)

Should we include the text before and after the soliloquy and if so how much is needed?

(I think so in order to lead into and out of the soliloquy.  We also need to lane the Act and Scene.)

Would you need stage directions within the soliloquy?

(Absolutely!  The person is alive! They must have movement.)

Roles for group members?  A soliloquy is one person, but every member needs a "job".

(Consider the lead in and out portions for roles -narrators, etc. and the lighting, sound, etc.)

When is performance day?

(No later than this Friday.)

After this discussion I will ask students to share their journal entry from yesterday with their table. From this, the group must choose a character to deliver the soliloquy and a point in the play where it is needed. 

After they have decided (and I know this will take a while), I will assign one person from each group to setup the document in google docs and share it with their table mates so all can get on the page.

From that point, I will circulate around the room facilitating and answering questions while students work.

Wrap Up

5 minutes

To wrap up class today, I will ask students to do a status check to determine what they have accomplished and still need to do for tomorrow. 

I will ask each table to report out and share progress.