Lesson Plan

Summer Drama

You won't strike out with this lesson on finding the theme of a script. Use this lesson to help your students identify the elements of a script and find the theme.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the A Script with Adverbs pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the A Script with Adverbs pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the parts of a script and write about its theme.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
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  • Display the Casey at the Bat worksheet and read through the script, making sure to be dramatic with the reading and adding gestures as appropriate. Follow as many of the stage directions as possible with your reading. (Note: you could also have some of your advanced readers split some of the narrator roles. Label Narrator 1, 2, etc., beforehand.)
  • Pass out sticky notes and ask students to jot down some details they understand from the reading and questions they might have about the script. After the reading, ask students to share their questions and the information they gathered.
  • Tell students this is a poem that was converted into a script to add drama and to help them understand the poem by acting it out.


  • Summarize the script for ELs before reading it aloud. Allow them to partner with other ELs that speak their home language (L1) and ask them to summarize the script after the reading.
  • Have them share their questions orally in their L1 or new language (L2) in partners.


  • Allow ELs to follow along with their own copy as you read the script and act out the motions.
  • Provide sentence frames or sentence starters for their questions: "I wonder..."