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.
Challenge students to read between the lines and play distinctive characters in these open-ended scenes. With dialogue that purposefully leaves details up to the imagination, this lesson can be used with students to work on collaboration, imitation, transformation, and planning and practicing skills. You may also integrate Language Arts by challenging students to use inferences to draw conclusions about what is going on in each scene.
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.
Beginning writers often leave out details that add color, emotion, and sensory elements to stories, poems, and nonfiction text. Likewise, beginning actors often create characters with little detail of gesture, facial expression, and movement. This integrated lesson is geared toward writers and actors of all ages who are excited about painting pictures with their words and physical choices. You will see improvement starting with the first introduction of this lesson. Use this lesson over and over again; it is always different because the students are the creators.
In this classic drama game, participants send energy around the circle while working on concentration, listening, and teamwork. Challenge your students to see how fast they can get!
In this lively game, participants attempt to change spots in a circle without getting stuck in the center! This is an excellent activity for practicing concentration and listening skills.
Participants transform everyday objects into new objects. This fast-paced relay will encourage your students to build imagination and imitation skills!
In pairs, students use a prop to inspire a scene. This activity encourages the essential drama skills of planning and practicing. You will need at least one small object per group of students.
In this fun and adaptable activity, participants use costume pieces to create characters and scenes. You will need a box of costumes to spark your students' imaginations!