I want to start off this post with a major shout to the Georgia Thespians!
Recently, I started teaching a playwriting unit developed by the wonderful theatre educators in Georgia and my students are loving it! They didn’t expect to love it at first. In fact, when they looked at the syllabus and saw we had come to a writing unit, there was a deafening, collective groan from my sophomores. But instead of being boring and tedious, this writing unit is getting high marks from my students and the short scenes they have written so far have been stellar. The true genius of this unit is that it continually mixes improv exercises and writing. The improv activities suggested in the lessons fulfill a range of goals. Some help the students brainstorm, some activate prior knowledge, and some ask students to apply elements of plot or character to the improv scene. Then the writing activities scaffold off of the improv activities and slowly increase in length and depth until the students are ready to write their first play. I can’t wait to see what they come up with! Thanks to Frank Pruet for sending in this fantastic piece of curriculum to the home office and to Diane Carr for forwarding it to me!
Once again, the larger EdTA community helps this new girl become a better teacher!