Sunday, April 13, 2014

Classroom ideas for using play scripts and teaching about drama

free lesson plans for teachers, actors, students for drama, literature, reading

Classroom Lesson Plan Ideas

Here are ideas for using Freedrama plays in the classroom.

  1. NEW! Mad-Scripts! Fill in the blank plays that are different every time you use them. Check them out

  2. THEME UNIT! Use Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate and do a theme week in the classroom. Peggy fits well with many themes including Pirates, Oceans and the Environment.

  3. RESEARCH PROJECT! Use Holka Polka and do a fairy tale research project. Explore all the fairy tales mentioned in Holka Polka and have students research the original Grimm, Mother Goose or Anderson stories (Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Pinocchio, etc.).

  4. FRACTURED FAIRY TALES! Discuss plays such as Gingerbread Girl, Sleeping Handsome and Beauty IS a Beast and compare them to the original stories or Disney versions.

  5. HISTORY! Use The Hysterical History of Troy and research the history behind the play. Older students can compare the play to Homer's Iliad and younger students can research Sparta, Troy and other Greek cultures.

  6. AUTHOR! AUTHOR! Read the author's bio at and email the author with questions

  7. Make a diorama of set for the play or create the set on computer using a program such as CAD.

  8. WRITING! Write a sequel or new scene - send to - the best will be posted! Use any play from the website or try one of these:

    "Superhero Support Group" - Short Comedy - 6 actors

    "Seeing Beyond with Maya Fantasma" - Short Comedy - 3 w 1 m

    "Ghost Hunters of Route 666" - Short Comedy - 2 w 3 m
    A play for ages 12 and over

  9. FESTIVAL! Have a play festival or competition between theatre classes. Here are some short plays that might work:

    "Fart Zen" - Short Comedy - 3 or more actors

    "Rock! Sword! Firecracker!" - Short Comedy - 3 or more actors

    "Touched by an Alien" - Short Comedy - 5 or more actors

  10. CHARACTER ANALYSIS! Do a character analysis of a character from one of the plays. Go beyond the script and decide who the person, where they come from, how did they get where they are at the start of the play, what do they like/not like, and why are they the way they are.

  11. ART! Draw a picture of your favorite character

  12. Create a costume for a character

  13. Cast the play with your favorite actors (make powerpoint presentation of the cast as if you are trying to promote the script for production as a movie)

  14. Write a play review for the play you're reading.

  15. Do a mock trial: put a character from a play on trial. You could have a trial for Beauty in "Beauty IS a Beast" to try and prove her identity. Or do something silly like put the Master from "Fart Zen" on trial for teaching people to pass gas.

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