This cross-curricular lesson combines musical theatre, journalism, current events and ethics in one engaging and interactive lesson. After comparing a news article about undercover officers busting 31 high school students for selling and buying marijuana to a musical adaptation about one of the students arrested and his alleged entrapment, students will consider how an author's purpose is communicated across this adaptation. Students will also explore how a story can be modified through creative movement and song. The purpose of this lesson is to help students learn how to compare and contrast fiction and nonfiction texts that explore similar topics.
This lesson provides cooperative learning and individual writing assessment while exploring nonfiction writing, musical theatre, and ethical dilemmas. This lesson also includes a role playing game to hook students into thinking about ethics and how those are presented in different literary formats.
This lesson plan is BUNDLED with the graphic organizer and role playing hook materials.