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Work together as a class to write a script for a play and act out each scene. Students design backdrops on the classroom whiteboard! Simply erase and change "scenery" between acts!
With classmates, students select a book or play that they have read or studied and write a script based on their selection. This can be done as a whole class activity or with students organized in collaborative groups. Alter the storyline in some way to make the script original. Perhaps you did not like the way the story ended-can change it! If the story is set in a different time period, it could modernize! Encourage students to be creative and have fun writing their original scripts!
Ask students to brainstorm what jobs need to be filled to bring the script to life. Actors? Directors? Set designers? What other jobs can you think of? Make a list on the board and decide who will fill each role. Be sure to involve every student in the class.
How many scenes will be in the play? Students design a background for each scene. Sketch out each design using Crayola® Colored Pencils on white paper. On the classroom white board, draw the first scene’s background with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers or Dry-Erase Crayons. Act out the play in front of the white board! For each scene, simply erase the whiteboard and quickly draw the next background while the actors prepare for the scene!
After adequate practice, invite a neighboring class to attend the play(s). Have the audience share their observations about the innovative scenery!
Display the 7 principles of Kwanzaa in a one-of-a-kind accordion window book.
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