Plot Boosters

Plot Boosters

Use this list of plot boosters to develop original stories for your drama work! These ideas can support the plot by moving the story along, giving the reader/viewer new information, showing character changes, foreshadowing, providing irony, creating cause and effect, and supporting the message and/or theme of the story. 

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Lesson

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Lesson

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Rubric

This lesson gets participants of all ages loving words and thinking of them as colorful ways to communicate their ideas. So put those worksheets and spelling tests down for time to have students build a relationship with words in a new way! Participants work in teams and practice their ensemble and brainstorming skills. Older participants will experience and come to appreciate the connotative and denotative beauty of words.

Hat or No Hat Poem

Hat or No Hat Poem

To Hat or Not to Hat? That is the question… This poem deals with the age-old conflict between parents and children over whether to wear a hat in cold weather. Students in grades K-1 can practice imitation skills with this piece, while students in grades 2-4 may work on integrating dialogue. In addition, this poem can be used to address health topics, such as how the immune system works. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.

Hat or No Hat Journal: Grades K-1

Hat or No Hat Journal: Grades 2-4

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each poem, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. 

Grandpa Poem

Grandpa Poem

A game of “Cat and Mouse”! A chase! A battle! This heartwarming poem describes a fun-filled visit with Grandpa. Students can practice imitation and narrator skills, as well as build on their imagination and negotiation skills. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson. 

Grandpa Journal: Grades K-1

Grandpa Journal: Grades 2-4

Grandpa Journal: Grades 5-6

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each poem, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.