Teach your students the process of creating a musical of their own! This lesson gives your students an opportunity to work cooperatively and become playwrights and lyricists by adapting a portion of a children's book. It is most successful with students in sixth through eighth grade, especially students new to theater class or in a Language Arts class. In addition, a teacher could use this lesson with students who are distance learning
Please note: To teach this lesson, you will need to check your school library or purchase several children's books. I used a Berenstain Bears book for the example. The class could decide upon a particular book they'd like to use. When writing lyrics, students could use a favorite song of their choice with new lyrics to coincide with the book.
Note: I created a digital version of this lesson for you which is included in the product! I split up the students' pages and placed answer boxes on several pages. I hope this helps you.
Updated April 3, 2022.
This product includes:
- A letter to the teacher
- Warm up---MY version of this popular exercise
- Teacher's script--what I say and how I say it!
- Procedure for the entire lesson
- Outline assignment
- Example of outline
- Detailed assignment sheet for students
- Storyboard template
- Rubric--FULLY EDITABLE
- Exit slips-good for daily use
Created by an award-winning drama teacher of thirty-eight years.
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