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Piecing Together a Play!

Guide your students through the process of putting all of the play pieces together! In this integrated reading and writing lesson students will learn how to construct a play, while simultaneously learning about the components of a play!
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  • Students will be able to recognize components of a play, including basic play structures and organization.
  • Students will be able to write their own plays and dramas.
  • Students will be able to develop fluency while reading plays and dramas.
(5 minutes)
  • Give the students a warm-up to the lesson by inviting students to share their own stories, using a central topic. (Ex: vacations, field trips, etc.)
  • Tell the students that they will be learning how to turn their stories into plays or dramas.
(15 minutes)
  • Display a piece of chart paper with the vocabulary words listed on it.
  • Use a suggested text from “suggested books” or model the process of writing your own play.
  • As you model this process, refer back to the vocabulary words. Use sticky notes to provide the students with an example from the text you are using or writing and attach the sticky notes next to the words on the word bank.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell the students that they will be creating their own play/drama.
  • Divide students into small groups so that you have at least three groups.
  • Assign each group a topic: characters, setting, problem/obstacle. If needed, assign duplicates. It will work to have two groups working on characters or two groups working on setting.
  • Give each group a piece of paper and ask them to brainstorm ideas.
  • Bring the class back together and tell them that they will be writing one play as an entire class.
  • Invite members of each group to share their ideas.
  • Lead the students in constructing a sample play (It will likely be silly since the groups were not aware of what the other groups were working on when they gathered ideas).
  • Reference the word “comedy” and any other vocabulary words as you write the play with the class.
(15 minutes)
  • Distribute the Play Planner worksheet.
  • Tell the students that they can use ideas from the guided practice to develop ideas for their own play or they can use their own ideas.
  • Circulate around the room as students work.


  • Encourage students to extend their play longer than the section on the worksheet. Have the students add additional details to their script.
  • Use students’ scripts and group the students, giving them an opportunity to practice and perform their plays.


  • For students who have difficulty getting ideas for their Play Planner consider pairing students and having students work in partners to develop their ideas.
  • Provide a “menu” of options, showing students different ideas for settings and characters from which they can develop their play.
  • Have students use word processing to publish their plays. Create a class book with all of the plays.
  • Have students find pictures that can be the “backgrounds” for their plays. Display these on a whiteboard as students perform their plays in front of the class.
(5 minutes)
  • Use small sticky notes for students to create an overlay on their worksheet.
  • Ask students to explain the different parts of the play and elaborate on their writing.
  • Have the students place their sticky note explanations next to the corresponding items on the worksheet.
(5 minutes)
  • Invite several students to share their play ideas with the rest of the class.
  • Refer back to the vocabulary words used in the beginning of the lesson and ask the students to use those words as they describe their work.

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