Lesson Plan

Stranger Than Fiction

Developing Original Dramatic Works From Nonfiction Text
Michael G.
Special education instructor
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Objectives

Students will be able to understand the process of playwriting by collaboratively analyzing non-fiction text in small groups and using the informational content to write a one to three scene dramatic play, including the structure, stage conventions, and literary elements we previously learned that are necessary for Drama.  Groups will then act out their plays on camera, edit the video, and upload to VoiceThread for feedback and reflection from their peers.  

Subjects
English Language Arts
discussion
reading fluency
reading comprehension
text analysis
writing
Grades 8 - 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

Review the Conventions of Drama with the class, including the structure, stage conventions, and literary elements of the various types of modern and historical drama.  

Student Instructions

Often times, the Truth is Stranger than Fiction.  Today we will begin the process of game design by storyboarding the basic storyline of a videogame, utilizing the characters, structure, stage conventions, and literary elements we previously learned that are necessary for Drama and applying them to your game.  You will begin by creating an outline for your game by using factual information from a non-fiction newspaper article as inspiration, then develop a storyboard for your game following proper dramatic structure and being sure to include stage directions and design for the characters.  In your groups you will colaboratively design the storyboard using Google Docs, and then begin designing a level/stage of the game using Game Maker: Studio.  You will then create a VoiceThread presentation using Screencast-o-matic to present a walk-through of your game.  You will then reflect on the game design process and on your classmates' scenes using VoiceThread responses.      

2 Guided Practice

Break the class into small groups.  Allow students time to explore Newseum for stories that interest them and self-evaluate if the story has the necessary components to create a good videogame. Students will then use the chosen story to begin outlining a game level/scene based on the information in the text.

3 Independent Practice

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Students groups will then use the chosen story to begin collaboratively outlining a scene in Google Docs based on the information in the text.  Once Outlined, they will collaborativel write the  final sotryboard in Google Drive using the storyboard template using one of the historical drama styles learned in an earlier class for reference.

4 Independent Practice

Students will act out their scenes for the camera and edit the video using WeVideo software.

5 Wrap-Up

Students will be asked to upload their finished videos to VoiceThread, where they will reflect on their work and the works of their classmates using VoiceThread interactive software.