Writing Readers Theater Plays, Lesson Plan:

Characters: Teacher, narrator, student #1 (Amy), student #2

Narrator:

The following is Vlatka Herzberg’s Lesson Plan for Writing Reader’s Theater  Plays.

Teacher:

Class, today we are going to read the Reader’s Theater Play, Child of Water. It is a myth about how a mother’s love helps a village through a drought. Does anyone know what the difference is between a Reader’s Theater Play and a regular play?

Student #1 (Amy):

In a regular play, the actors physically act out the characters.

Student #2:

In a Reader’s Theater Play the students sit or stand and read their lines. Their bodies aren’t acting, but their voices are.

Teacher:

Correct. So today we will read the play, discuss the format, and then you’ll begin writing.

Student #1:

Will you want us to write out story maps for the story we are going to write?

Teacher:

Yes. Does everyone remember how to map out a story?

Student #2:

You think and write about your characters, setting, the problem and the solution, all the while thinking about the beginning, middle and ending of your story.

Teacher:

Yes, very good. Amy can you please pass out the Play Templates?

Student #1 (Amy):

What are they for?

Teacher:

It will show you where to put your character names, the narrator and dialogue.

Student #2:

Then can we start writing?

Teacher:

Yes, and if you want to you can write it as a short story first then rewrite as a play. Sometimes that is easier. I will come around and help you.

Narrator:

The students set to work. Sometimes they worked on their own. Sometimes they needed to look at play samples. Sometimes they worked in pairs and helped one another, but they all finished a first draft.

Student #1 (Amy):

(Laughing) Your play is funny. If my dog ate that much pizza, he’d be sick.

Student #2:

Thanks. I like yours too. Especially the part about the flying bean.

Narrator:

And that’s the end of the story, until the next draft.

Copyright © 2017, Vlatka Herzberg, all rights reserved. You may not reproduce materials without permission from Vlatka Herzberg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements