Let’s put it all together! In this lesson, students will explore the different parts of a drama or play. By the end of the lesson they will be able to define terminology related to plays and give examples of the unique genre features!
Students will be able to define terminology related to the genre of plays and drama.
Students will be able to compare and contrast dramas with other types of literature such as chapter books and poetry.
Students will be able to analyze text and determine components of plays and drama.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
Pass or bring around the “grab bag” of books and have each student quickly choose a book. In order to make this go faster, you might consider having them close their eyes and take a book so that it is random and moves quickly.
Give the students a minute to browse their book and look for characteristics or features.
Ask students to get up and mix and mingle with their classmates, comparing and contrasting features of their books.
Once students have returned to their seats remind the students that genres have unique characteristics.
Demonstrate with a chapter book, showing them the table of contents and chapters and compare a chapter book with a book of poetry that contains stanzas.
Tell the students that they will be learning about a new genre called drama, which includes plays.
Review the definition of the word characteristic and give examples that are unrelated to genres. For example, share characteristics of a stormy day. (wind, rain, gray sky, thunder, lightning, etc.)
Provide a word bank of characteristics related to the genres in the “grab bag”.
Make a list of genre types to display for the introduction activity.
Supply sentence frames for students as they discuss with partners:
My book has ____________, but your book has _______.