PLAY ON! is a unique guide for teachers who wish to engage their middle- and high-school students across the language arts curriculum through the joy of performance. This book is a jargon-free, teacher-to-teacher guide that provides inspiration along with practical information and classroom resources, including:
1. a teacher's guide containing introductory information on the purpose and value of performance as an instruction method; step-by-step, easily adaptable activities for the performance process in the classroom; annotated scripts of twenty scenes from Shakespearean plays, cut for classroom performance and formatted with generous spacing and wide margins for additional notes; background information and performance ideas for each scene (135 pages);
2. student scripts of the same twenty scenes (68 pages);
3. scene and role descriptions (printable on single sheets or index cards for various uses);
3. a performance timetable;
4. performance evaluations;
5. assessment rubrics for performances and written assignments.
Students of all ability levels who perform improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as well as gain in maturity as they learn to cooperate with each other and to manage time to achieve a goal. They learn to play and they play to learn.