Self-Management Playwriting

Created by Lindsay Price

In this unit, students will decide on a topic they care about and write a short play within a designated time frame. They will mostly write on their own, using class to discuss and share how they are managing their time, monitoring their progress, and adapting their writing plan of action. The goal of this unit is not the final product but rather the self-management skills they apply throughout.

In this unit, students will demonstrate their self-management skills by setting a goal, identifying a strategy to achieve the goal, creating a plan of action, monitoring their process, reflecting on what is working and what’s not working, taking personality responsibility throughout as they write on their own, and demonstrating an ownership mindset through self-assessment.

The overview sets out the objectives and goals of the unit, gives an outline of the lessons, time management, and assessment strategies.
1: Introduction
In this introduction lesson, students will discuss the challenges of writing a play. They will learn the definition of self-management and discuss how they use self-management in their day-to-day lives. Students will then choose a topic that they care about and identify what they know about it, what questions they have, and how they’re going to answer those questions.
2: Strategy/Plan/Process
Students will officially set their goal and discuss the differences between a strategy, action plan, and process. By the end of the lesson, students will have created a strategy paragraph, developed a framework for writing their play through a plan of action, and identified specific playwriting exercises to use.
3: Maintain Focus and Engagement
Students have a goal, a strategy, a plan of action, and processes. It’s now time to start writing. Students will have one class period to start writing their play, and then they’re going to be on their own. Will students be able to maintain focus and engagement with their writing to get done what needs to be done without someone overseeing their work?
4: Midway Reflection
In this lesson, which happens after students have spent some time on their own writing their plays, students will discuss their strategies and plans of action, identify any changes, discuss how they’re feeling about their writing, and complete a Midway Reflection.
5: Maintain Focus and Engagement
This lesson provides students with class time to work on their plays. Will students be able to maintain focus and engagement with their writing to get done what needs to be done without someone overseeing their work?
6: Post-Writing Reflection
Students will discuss and reflect on how they successfully or less-than-successfully engaged with writing a play using self-management skills. Were they able to write independently? Did they use the tools and actions they laid out in their plans of action? Students will then complete a Unit Reflection and a Self-Assessment worksheet.

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