Courses

PD COURSE

The Top Ten Playwriting Exercises

by Lindsay Price

The Top Ten Playwriting Exercises Course not only gives you ten great exercises to ease your students into the playwriting waters, it's also going to give you the confidence to teach playwriting to your students.

Each exercise comes with instruction, why the exercise is important, how to assess the exercise and something specific for you to try.

Many of the modules include assignments and rubrics so you will be fully prepared to comprehend, apply and teach every these exercises.

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PD COURSE

21st Century Skills Through Devising

by Allison Williams

Allison Williams leads the course: 21st Century Skills Through Devising. This course covers what devising is, why to do it, how to do it, and how your students can master the 21st Century Skills of collaborations and cooperation, critical thinking, creative thinking through devising.

High school is a great place to try devising with your students. But it’s not something you want to throw at your students without any preparation. Framework is important and this course takes you through a number of exercises you can take into the classroom tomorrow to help build a place of physical safety, a place where students work at making a lot of choices instead of waiting for the perfect choice, and a place where students feel comfortable making creative choices. The material also reviews the process of putting together a show from the idea/research stage to editing, to giving feedback.

Your students have what it takes to create their own material, collaborate with each other, and have a unique theatrical experience!

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PD COURSE

Play Adaptation Project

by Lindsay Price

Adaptation is a fabulous classroom project: it requires students to analyze, adapt, modify, plan synthesize, devise. All the higher order thinking skills.

But you can’t just throw a narrator into a script and call it a day. You have to have a preparation process leading up to the writing process.

In this course you will learn practical exercises and a path to prepare your students to take on their own adaptation project. We’ll look at the guidelines to adaptation, things to think about when choosing a text, how to analyze the source material and writing that first draft.

So join me, Lindsay Price, in the Play Adaptation Project.

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PD COURSE

The Dilemma Project

by Claire Broome

Moral dilemmas are not only faced by characters in gripping plays, but are also faced by our students. The project outlined in this course will help students develop their critical thinking skills through the use of one of the dilemma questions to shape a student written production.

If you had the choice to press a button and earn $25,000,000... but a species (not of your choosing) would become extinct, what would you do? More importantly, what would your character do?

Join drama teacher and playwright Claire Broome through this course which includes role-playing, Stanislavski’s Magic If, character creation, playwriting and staging.

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Units

UNIT

Devising

by Corinna Rezzelle

What is devising? It’s a process of playwriting as a group. Plays are created through improvisation, process dramas, and a lot of teamwork. The Devising Unit includes an overview to get you started, and 12 lessons jam-packed with activities.

This unit includes doing some basic Forum Theatre, which is a technique coined by Augusto Boal. It covers Process Drama in a variety of ways such as Hot Seating, Role on the Wall, and a fun exercise called “Character Bag”. There are also some great bonding games for your students to enjoy.

This unit is designed to show students (and teachers) that playwriting doesn’t have to be a solitary, lonely exercise. It can be a fun, sometimes chaotic, and very energetic experience.

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Playwriting

by Karen Loftus

Students will explore the structural elements of a play: character, objective, obstacles, tactics, resolution, and raising the stakes. They will also learn how to write character-driven dialogue and stage directions.

The unit culminates in a group written original play which is performed in front of the class. Please refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials.

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Monologue Writing Made Easy

by Matthew Banaszynski

Join Matt Banaszynski in this dynamic unit designed to introduce students to the process of starting, drafting, polishing, and performing a self-created, stand-alone monologue.

Students will learn the steps involved in going from a simple idea to a full monologue, using the Story Mountain framework. They will also provide feedback, self-critiques, and teacher feedback during the process.

This is a great way for students to get creative and engaged in a genre that is meaningful to them, and can be customized to the needs of your classroom.

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The Working Playwright *Hyperdoc

by Lindsay Price

In this unit, students will gain insight into the day to day responsibilities of a working artist. This unit aims to illuminate for students that creative expression is only one element in a sustainable arts career, and attempt to address the essential question: How does a playwright turn creative expression into a career? The culminating project for the unit is a playwright submissions packet for a theatre company.

This unit is delivered in hyperdoc format. What does that mean? A hyperdoc is an interactive tool that encourages digital learning. In this case, students are given a document on a subject, and there they can read articles, watch videos, do some independent research, and apply what they’ve learned. Because they’re working on their own, students are in charge of their own pacing.

Before you start the unit, ensure you read the Teacher Guide first. It will give you clear instructions on how to distribute the hyperdoc format and make it easy for you and your students.

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Playwriting Unit: Beginner

by Lindsay Price

This unit provides an introduction to the process of playwriting in a practical step-by-step framework. Playwriting can be a practical task-driven process that any student can accomplish, given the right parameters. This playwriting unit will give students the tools they need to write their first short play and gain the confidence they need to write further. The culminating project for this unit is a three- to five-page play or extended scene.

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Playwriting Unit: 10 to 15 Minute Play

by Lindsay Price

This playwriting unit offers lessons for students to complete a 10- to 15-minute play, instructed by professional playwright Lindsay Price.

The unit includes class writing time as well as students writing on their own; in setting it up this way, the unit can be interspersed between other lessons.

Students are challenged to apply themselves to write on their own - as all writers must do. Class time also focuses on giving and receiving feedback.

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Playwriting Kickstart: Multi platform

by Lindsay Price

This unit focuses on the idea stage of playwriting. Before you start a playwriting project, take students through these lessons to provide students a step-by-step process for idea generation. When students are told they’re going to write a play, they often freeze. I can’t do it. I’m not creative; my ideas are stupid. The purpose of this unit is to give students a place to start and a way to move from finding a topic to creating an idea to writing theatrically on ideas.

This unit is designed to reach as many classroom environments as possible and includes: standard in-class lessons, instruction videos, instruction handouts, and quizzes.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Story vs Monologue

by Lindsay Price

Students will discuss and answer questions regarding the differences between a monologue and a story using The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a model.

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LESSON PLAN

From Speech to Playwriting

by Lindsay Price

The speech is a great gateway to teach students about how to write a monologue.

Use this lesson to identify the similarities between a speech and a monologue. Students will analyze a speech, identify what makes a good speech, and learn that the same qualities apply when it comes to writing a good monologue. They will write their own speech in pairs, and adapt their speech into a monologue.

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LESSON PLAN

Prose Into Theatre

by Lindsay Price

Use this lesson plan to get your students to practice the act of writing theatrical action. It's much different than writing a story.

Students learn that in plays characters "do" an action, they don't "describe" an action. Students practice taking prose descriptive sentences and re-writing them as theatrical action. Students are also introduced to proper play formatting.

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LESSON PLAN

The Foundations of Playwriting

by Lindsay Price

Use this lesson plan as an introduction to a playwriting unit.

This is a two lesson plan unit. Students complete exercises that demystify and reframe the four foundational elements of the playwriting process: Warm Ups, The Idea, Character, and Conflict. These plans are grounded in the statement: “You can’t build a house without a good foundation.” In order to write plays students need to know the basics first.

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The Criteria of a Good Monologue

by Lindsay Price

Students will identify the elements of a good monologue through analysis and evaluation, focusing on a need to speak (Why does the character speak?), a specific character voice (Who is the character?) and a journey (Is there a beginning, middle, end?).

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Monologue Writing: The Need to Speak

by Lindsay Price

Students will complete exercises that demonstrate how a character’s need to speak results in a better monologue. They will then write a monologue that applies this knowledge.

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LESSON PLAN

Writing a Two Character Scene

by Lindsay Price

Students will read a handout and discuss what it takes to write a two character scene. They will then apply their knowledge through exercises done in class. Finally, they will write and hand in a two character, one location scene which will be assessed.

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Preparing to Rewrite

by Lindsay Price

For some students, the first draft is the final draft. I got to the end. I’m done. For some students, writer’s block sinks in quickly after a couple of scenes. Use this lesson plan in the middle of a playwriting unit, after your students have completed some writing on a play - either a first draft or even a couple of scenes. When your students aren’t sure how to move their writing forward - ask questions, define purpose, address writer’s block.

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LESSON PLAN

Crumpled Paper

by Karen Loftus

Some students dread writing. Just the thought of pencil and paper make them want to crumple up that paper and throw it.
Well, now they can. In this exercise, students are introduced to story elements such as character, objective, obstacle/conflict, tactics, and resolution. Pairs of students add each new story element to an ever growing story that can be shared with the class. Reflection and Rubric included.

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LESSON PLAN

Group Playwriting

by Karen Loftus

In this highly structured exercise, students work in groups and use clearly defined goals to create the dialogue of a scene.
Each member of the group has an assigned task and contributes to the final creation.

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LESSON PLAN

Subtext: Pass the Salt

by Lindsay Price

Subtext is the underlying meaning in a text. What is a character thinking? Learning to apply subtext to a scene is an excellent character development tool. It encourages students to think about “the why” behind a line. “Why does a character say this line? Why do they use a particular inflection? What are they really trying to say?

In this lesson plan, students explore the meaning of subtext, practice applying subtext in dialogue and to create their own scene.

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LESSON PLAN

Characterization

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students explore what makes a character interesting through the examination of physical objects. What do objects say about us? What can you infer about a person by the objects they carry with them? Students will role-play in process drama activities to explore characters and to create their own.

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Physicalization / Stage Movement

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students explore how body language can show a story (i.e. how someone is feeling, character traits, relationships between characters, etc.). The lesson culminates in students using a physical elliptical scene (a scene with just stage directions) and adding movements, gestures, and body language.

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LESSON PLAN

Contentless Scenes / Building Scenes

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students will start their scene work first with a contentless scene, a one-minute scene, and then (for homework) write a one-page scene based on a real life experience.

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LESSON PLAN

Choosing a Topic

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students discuss and choose a topic for their devised piece.

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Beginning to Write

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students begin putting the pieces together for their devised work. Students brainstorm on their topic, then participate in a movement piece and a forum theatre activity to explore their topic.

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Building the Play

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students continue to build the play by writing and revising scenes, reading each other’s work, and providing feedback.

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LESSON PLAN

The Ren Run

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students will work in groups to create transitions in improvised tableaux and movement pieces. They will also participate in a “ren run” to practice improv blocking.

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LESSON PLAN

Revision

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson students watch the Ren Run then discuss the topic of revision. What is the message of the play? How do the scenes communicate the message? Note: Depending on the amount of revisions your students feel the play needs, revising might take longer than one lesson. Feel free to add time, if need be.

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LESSON PLAN

Rehearsal

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students finalize casting, then start rehearsing. Focus the rehearsals on blocking. What is the necessary movement to communicate the content of the scene?

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LESSON PLAN

Rehearsal / Character Development

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students continue to rehearse. In this lesson, character development exercises deepen the students’ experiences and final products.

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Rehearsal / Designing the play

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students continue to rehearse. They also move on to the design phase of the project. The group will decide upon costuming and props for the performance. NOTE: Keep costumes and props simple. Black works well for costumes with colourful accents.

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LESSON PLAN

Final Rehearsal & Post Show Discussion

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students run the show before their performance. Pre- and post-show discussion questions are included as well as a post show reflection.

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LESSON PLAN

Structure

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to the structural elements of a script.

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Dialogue

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to the concept of stakes as an additional element of a script, and participate in a group playwriting activity that allows performers to test out lines of dialogue in performance.

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LESSON PLAN

Stage Directions

by Karen Loftus

Students learn the three types of stage directions, and apply what they’ve learned to their own scenes as well as open scenes (sample included).

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Character Dialogue and Development

by Karen Loftus

Students learn the importance of dialogue and creating it for their characters.

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LESSON PLAN

The Unities

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to Aristotle’s 3 Unities and participate in an improv exercise to apply these guidelines for playwriting.

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LESSON PLAN

Writing: Part 1

by Karen Loftus

Students apply what they have learned so far in the unit and participate in a group playwriting activity - the writing pass technique.

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Writing: Part 2

by Karen Loftus

Students continue to work on their group playwriting activity and finalize their script with stage directions, as well as complete staged readings.

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LESSON PLAN

Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

Students complete their script, format it properly, then hand it in. Next, they will perform their scene and complete a final reflection. A rubric is included.

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LESSON PLAN

Introduction to Monologue Writing

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will start the process of writing a monologue by storytelling. They will tell a story based only on what they observe in a picture.

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The Story Mountain Framework

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will understand the parts of a story and how it relates to a monologue through the story mountain framework.

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Analyzing Monologues

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will plot out the steps of the story mountain by using existing monologues.

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Monologue Writing

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will start writing their own monologue, using a pre-selected phrase as a starting point.

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Drafting a Monologue

by Matthew Banaszynski

Using their rough drafts from the starter prompts, students will work in pairs to edit their drafts to make cleaner stories. Students will also map out their drafts on a Story Mountain diagram to make sure that they follow the proper format.

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More Minds Are Better Than One

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will work in groups to turn their previous drafts into completed monologues.

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Performing a Monologue

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will perform their monologues in front of the class and reflect on the process.

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LESSON PLAN

Create and Perform a Radio Play

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of the lesson is for students to create and perform their own radio play using a children’s story as the source material. Radio plays are fantastic for students to practice and develop many performance skills like projection, diction, using emotion, and using their voices. They give students the opportunity to creatively work with playwriting, selecting appropriate music, and creating sound effects.

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LESSON PLAN

Shakepeare's Words: Iambic Pentameter

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of the lesson is for students to learn what iambic pentameter is and to have the opportunity to create their own monologues using iambic pentameter. This lesson is a useful complement towards studying classical works by playwrights such as William Shakespeare.

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LESSON PLAN

Using Theatre to Share and Celebrate History

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of the lesson is for students to explore historical events that are significant to them through various theatrical mediums that may seem unusual or “out of the box.” The inspiration for this lesson plan comes from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s theatrical hit Hamilton, which utilizes rap and hip-hop music and colourblind casting to tell the story of the American founding fathers.

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LESSON PLAN

Playwriting: Forms and Prompts

by Lindsay Price

Use this lesson at the beginning of a playwriting unit, or a devising unit. Students practice the act of choosing a form for a scene and a prompt as a starting point. Drive home for students the importance of execution - instead of students ruminating on the perfect idea, they choose a form, choose a prompt and execute. The goal of the lesson is to show students that there are many different ways to form a theatrical piece and that execution is more useful to moving a piece forward than being stuck on the idea.

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Playwriting: Analyzing and Applying a Form

by Lindsay Price

Use this as part of a playwriting unit or a devising unit. The goal of the lesson is to show students different ways to explore a theme through writing. Not every scene has to be linear, and not every scene has to follow a traditional format.
Students will read existing scenes that apply a specific form for a scene. They will analyze those scenes and then apply their knowledge by writing their own scene.

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LESSON PLAN

The Working Playwright

by Lindsay Price

This hyperdoc unit is designed to have students independently discover how a playwright turns creative expression into a career. The unit is broken down into three sections with multiple activities, videos, and research tasks, and includes a culminating activity.

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LESSON PLAN

What is a Playwright

by Lindsay Price

In this first lesson, students discuss their preconceived notions about playwriting, their expectations and fears, and identify actions: What does a playwright do?

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, students will explore different methods of gathering ideas.

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Monologues

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, students will analyze existing monologues, identify the criteria for a good monologue, and write their own monologue in the practice session.

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Dialogue

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson students will write two-character, one-location, ten-line scenes to practice getting to the heart of effective and efficient scene writing.

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Character

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, students will work on a character profile and apply character development details to a monologue or scene. Students will also receive the criteria for their culminating project and start work on their outlines.

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Conflict

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, students will work on a conflict profile and apply the details to a monologue. Student will also begin writing their first draft.

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What is Theatricality?

by Lindsay Price

Students will answer the question “What is theatricality?” in terms of what makes a play stageable. Students will apply this concept to a stageability exercise.

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How Do You Give Feedback?

by Lindsay Price

The first draft is due in this class. The class will begin with a feedback exercise. Then students will read their draft aloud and receive feedback.

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Writing and Post-First Draft Questions

by Lindsay Price

Students are given time to work on their second draft. Students also receive a Post-First Draft Questions sheet to apply critical thinking skills to their draft.

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Writing and In-Depth Character Profile

by Lindsay Price

Students are given time to work on their second draft. They will read an excerpt of their play aloud and receive feedback. Students will also receive an In-depth Character Profile sheet to help them apply critical thinking skills to their draft.

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LESSON PLAN

Practice, Performance, Reflection

by Lindsay Price

In these last two lessons, students will focus on the performance aspect of playwriting. It’s important to include performance in the unit because the ultimate goal of all plays is to be performed (rather than read). Students have the opportunity to rehearse in groups, present to the class, and then reflect on their experience with the unit.

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LESSON PLAN

Week One

by Lindsay Price

In Week One, students learn about the criteria for the culminating project, complete some exercises to give students strategies for warm-ups and fighting writer’s block, as well as complete a practice session for both a monologue and a scene.

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Week Two

by Lindsay Price

In Week Two, students work on their first draft. Each class period involves writing, reading aloud from the draft, and giving/receiving feedback. The draft is due at the end of the week.

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Week Three

by Lindsay Price

In Week Three, students continue to write read their work aloud and receive feedback. The feedback for this week will focus on character and conflict. They will also complete post-first draft questions and character profiles. The second draft is due at the end of the week.

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Week Four

by Lindsay Price

Week Four is about practice, performance, and unit reflection. It’s important to include performance in the unit because the ultimate goal of all plays is that they be performed (rather than read). Students have the opportunity to rehearse in groups, present to the class, and then reflect on their experience with the unit.

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Emergency Lesson Plan: Jigsaw Puzzle Scene

by Lindsay Price

In this ELP, students will analyze individual lines on strips of paper. The lines have been separated out from a complete scene. The group must collaborate to put the lines together in order. They will then write a paragraph that identifies their thought process and their choices.

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Emergency Lesson Plan: Theatrical Problem Solving - The Playwright in Production

by Lindsay Price

In this ELP, students will take on the role of a working playwright in the process of having a play produced. The relationship between playwright and production is sometimes precarious – directors have been known to ban playwrights from rehearsals, actors have been known to change lines.

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Partner Scene Brainstorming

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will create a scene outline by brainstorming and selecting the key foundations of their scene (setting, relationships, and conflicting objectives).

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Script Drafting

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will create a script draft that includes the five required lines to establish character, setting, conflict, rising action, and resolution.

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Script Formatting

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will create a script draft that includes scene setting, expression, and movement notes.

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Peer Script Workshopping

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will review and help workshop a peer’s script before hearing feedback and making changes to their own scripts.

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Set Design and Blocking

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will create a set design and add blocking notes to their scripted scenes.

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Final Revision Rehearsal

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will revise their set designs and scripts to achieve “Meets” or “Exceeds” on the rubrics. They will also give peer feedback and rehearse their scenes for vocal clarity, expression, and open body.

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Scripted Scene Performance Assessment

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will perform their final partner scene for assessment in front of the class. They will also complete an audience feedback sheet where they give their peers feedback on rubric skills.

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What is a Playwright?

by Lindsay Price

Students write on their preconceived notions about playwriting, their expectations and fears, and identify actions: What does a playwright do?

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, students will explore different methods of gathering ideas.

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Monologue

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, students will analyze existing monologues, identify the criteria for a good monologue, and write their own monologues in the practice session.

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Dialogue

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, students will write two-character, one-location, ten-line scenes to practice getting to the heart of effective and efficient scene writing.

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Character

by Lindsay Price

Character is one of the backbone elements of a good play. In this lesson, students will work on a character profile.

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Conflict

by Lindsay Price

Along with character, conflict is one of the backbone elements of a good play. In this lesson, students will work on a conflict profile.

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Unit Project

by Lindsay Price

The final project for Part 1 of this unit is for students to write examples of what has been explored so far in the following way:

• A two-person, one-location, one-page scene.
• Each character has a want, there is an obstacle to their want, and they apply tactics to get what they want.
• A separate (ie: not included in the scene) half-page monologue for one of the characters in the scene.
• A character profile for each of the characters.

The objective is for students to apply all the elements they’ve learned so far in dramatic writing.

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LESSON PLAN

Session 1: Playwriting Project Introduction

by Lindsay Price

Students will receive the criteria for their play project and start work on their outline.

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Session 2: First Draft Writing

by Lindsay Price

Students will outline and begin writing their first draft.

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Session 3: What is Theatricality?

by Lindsay Price

Students will discuss the question “What is theatricality?” in terms of what makes a play stageable. Students continue to work on their first draft.

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Session 4: How Do You Give/Receive Feedback?

by Lindsay Price

Students will discuss and examine how to give and receive feedback. Then students will read their first draft aloud and receive feedback on it.

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Session 5: First Draft Submission

by Lindsay Price

The first draft is due in this class. Students will have time to work and then submit.

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Session 6: Post-First Draft Questions

by Lindsay Price

Students are given time to work on their second draft. Students also review the Post-First Draft Questions to apply critical thinking skills to their draft.

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Session 7: In-Depth Character Profile

by Lindsay Price

Students are given time to work on their second draft. Students will receive an In-depth Character Profile sheet to help them apply critical thinking skills to their draft.

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Session 8: Feedback 2

by Lindsay Price

Students are given time to work on their second draft. Students also give and receive feedback on their draft.

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Session 9: Final Writing Day

by Lindsay Price

This is the last class session students have to work on their plays.

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Sessions 10 & 11: Practice, Staged Reading, Reflection

by Lindsay Price

In these last two sessions, students will focus on the performance aspect of playwriting. Students will practice in groups, present an online staged reading, and reflect on their experience with the unit.

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What is an Idea? Where do I Look?

by Lindsay Price

Lesson 1 introduces the unit and the importance of warm-up exercises. Students will learn a new definition for what an idea is and apply that definition to the first topic area.

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Writing a Scene

by Lindsay Price

In Lesson 4, students practice the process and apply it to a longer scene.

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Resources

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Self Reflection Sentence Starters

Sometimes all students need is a little push. Give students one of these self reflection sentence starters to get them going. You'll be amazed at what they write next.

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Monologue Prompts

A page of prompts for student-written monologues.

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Drama Teacher Tune Up

Take a Drama Teacher Tune Up! We look at including mask work in the classroom, the rehearsal process, classroom management, and playwriting.

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Playwriting: Developing A Point of View

One of the best things a playwright can do is develop a point of view. This is a self reflection exercise and scene writing exercise all rolled into one.

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The 10 Line Scene

Practice the act of writing a two character, one location scene with these short exercises. Whatever the scenario, limit the length: 10 lines per character.

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Headline Characters Exercise

Use this exercise to practice creating characters and then writing the first few lines of a monologue. Students will use a headline as a jumping off point.

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Automatic Writing Prompts

Use these prompts as bell-work or as warm ups before a writing exercise. The focus of automatic writing is to get words on the page: good, bad and ugly.

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Language Profile Sheet

This exercise helps students think about how their characters sound.

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First Lines

Use these first lines prompts (list of 35) for monologue and scene work.

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The 24 Hour Student Playwriting Festival

What is a 24 hour playwriting festival? Student playwrights gather together and write for 12 hours. (eg: 8pm to 8am) Student directors and actors then cast, stage, rehearse and perform during the next 12 hours (8am to 8pm). Everything from concept to production takes place within 24 hours. Follow the step by step outline in the resource.

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What are the Structural Elements of a Script

This handout names and describes the structural elements of a script: character, objective, obstacle, tactics, and resolution.

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Picture Prompts

Picture prompts are a great way to initiate student writing. They don’t have to have an idea, they simply respond to the picture. Have students study the picture and answer the provided questions. Each picture includes a character or a story element question.

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Research & Write Toolkit

Researching a topic and applying that research in a theatrical way, like writing a play, is a fantastic drama classroom project. It’s cross-curricular and applies multiple skill sets. Students can work in groups or independently. Research and write projects are a great way to demonstrate comprehension by taking information in one form and applying it to another.

Use this toolkit to give students the opportunity to practice turning information into theatrical action.

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Send-Home Packet: Playwriting - Part One

This packet includes an introduction for the teacher, and cover sheet for the student, to assign the Playwriting Part One packet for at-home distance learning, without technology.

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Send-Home Packet: Playwriting - Part Two

This packet includes an introduction for the teacher, and cover sheet for the student, to assign the Playwriting Part Two packet for at-home distance learning, without technology.

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Scene Spurs Volume 2 - Writing Prompts for Dramatic Depth

Scene Spurs is a collection of photo-based writing prompts developed by playwright Lindsay Price. The set includes 35 different Spurs along with an instruction guide to integrate them into your drama classroom.
Volume 2 includes new photos, new prompts, and a new distance learning lesson included.

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Masterclass with Vincent Terrell Durham: Playwriting

Masterclass is a series of one-on-one interviews with experts, creators and innovators in the world of Theatre that you can study in-depth, or share with your classes. Think of this series as ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ for Drama Teachers.

This masterclass is with Vincent Terrell Durham, a playwright who first honed his storytelling skills as a standup comic in comedy clubs across the country. Matt Webster chats with him about his journey in becoming a playwright.

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81 Playwriting Exercises: eBook

This resource provides 81 exercises that can be used to get students in the habit of writing on a regular basis. Use these exercises:
• As a daily warm-up during a playwriting unit
• To keep students writing if they’re stuck in the middle of a specific writing project
• To allow students to practice the craft of writing monologues and scenes
• For an emergency lesson plan when you can’t be there
• If your classroom environment changes (e.g., distance learning)
Playwriting is possible for every student when you start with small, achievable exercises. Get writing!

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Playwriting in the Classroom

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Scott Giessler, Christian Kiley

Want to try a playwriting unit but have no idea where to start? Or have you tried introducing playwriting in the past but didn’t get the results you hoped for? We’ve got a great panel of playwright/teachers who are here to share their most successful approaches and strategies.

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Distance Learning: Playwriting

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price

Playwriting is an easy to adapt activity for distance learning. But there are still some obstacles: how do you deal with writing insecurity? How do you handle peer feedback? How do you present work digitally? Playwright Lindsay Price will take you through exercises and a game plan for incorporating playwriting into your distance learning framework.

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