Cut! Elements of Drama Workstations

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SWBAT work with the elements of drama to complete some independent activities.

Big Idea

Take a break to process these elements with a little active learning.

Introduction and Expectations

10 minutes

Since it's been so hard to get my hands on quality plays for the kids to read, I searched and stumbled upon this website. I've been read through many of them, and I have to say, they're not too bad. I'll be using two of these plays today; One for my teacher station, and one for the kids to perform a reader's theater. 

Vocabulary Station: The kids will complete a vocabulary matching activity. This seems like a pretty easy station, but there are additional words here to review literary elements from throughout the year as well. Not only are the kiddos working with domain specific vocab from this unit, but they're working with essential terms for understanding literature. When the students have finished matching, I want them to create a graphic organizer that shows a relationships between the words. 

Teacher Station: In my station, we will be reading The Baker's Dozen, but I need this time to talk about character motivations and actions today. This is something we haven't discussed in a while, so I want to be sure I hit on this throughout the unit. We hit RL5.1 and RL5.3 in my fiction unit and in poetry, but I know my kiddos need to continue to work on this before heading out for the summer. 

Reader's Theater: In the past, I've had the kids read and record themselves for fluency, but the play Resthaven is a bit longer today, so they'll just be reading to perform. I want them to use the stage directions to jump into character instead of practicing and trying to perform without looking at the text. All students will complete a drama problem and solution organizer when we finish stations today. That will serve as my wrap up and a quick check for the lesson. 


45 minutes

Vocabulary Station: In this station, you'll find some word cards and definitions. You may use your notebook for help, but you'll mostly need to rely on your previous knowledge to help you. There are 20 words, so this may take you some time. When you have finished, come see me for the answer sheet to check your answers. If there is time to spare, I want you to come up with a way to organize the words to show relationships between them. I kind of see a web in my mind with the word drama at the center. Then I would cluster related words together in some way. 

Teacher Station: In this station, we'll be reading a play and stopping to chat about the characters. Anything character related is possible. We all know the character skills we've learned throughout the year, so I expect to hear things about characters' roles and actions, motivations, feelings, conflicts, etc. 

Reader's Theater: In this station, you'll find a play for all 10 of you. Determine the parts and then begin the performance. You won't record yourselves as you have in the past, but I want you to really think about the stage directions and the inflection needed for your part. When a partner is reading, try to listen (although, I know you'll be prepping for your next line) to how they read and give honest feedback at the end. Once we all finish stations, there will be a problem and solution organizer to complete to show me that you stayed focused during this station.