Radio Theater Unit Plus the Invisible Man Radio Play

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IMPROVED! This THREE WEEK radio theater unit and play of The Invisible Man with roles for 17 + students teaches the history of radio theater, Foley engineering and gives students an opportunity to write a commercial, create sound effects and perform in a radio play. Plus students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are strengthened. It's a one-stop-shop!

HOW DO I USE THIS PRODUCT IN MY CLASSROOM? A teacher could study science fiction and end the unit with this radio theater script. It is most appropriate for eighth grade and higher. However, some gifted sixth and seventh graders shouldn't have any problem with it.

In addition, a teacher could use this script in a distance learning lesson. #DistancelearningTPT

This product now INCLUDES a digital version, so a teacher can print only the script! This is at no extra cost.

Or if you are looking for a Google Classroom version of this unit, go to: Google Classroom Radio Theater Unit I Plus the Invisible Man Free Play

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Included in the radio theater unit file:

• A lesson on the history of radio theater

• Information about Foley engineers

• Three links to video clips of Foleys

• Student-created sound effect project

• Five links to radio play performances (some vintage and some recent)

• A lesson in writing and producing radio commercials

• Links to four commercials and two acting exercises focused on sound effects

• Procedure plan to follow throughout the unit

• Teacher’s script---what I say and how I say it

• Warm-up exercises

• A sound effects quiz

• A student group example of a radio commercial

• Trivia about radio theater stars and radio programs

• Music suggestions with links

• Floor plan for blocking a radio play and suggestionson how to direct it, plus links demonstrating the directing of a radio play

Included in the Play:

• A script of my adaptation of H.G. Welles' The Invisible Man, with roles for 16 students, suitable for the classroom with NO ROYALTIES for performances, including sound effects and music cues placed in the script

In my thirty-eight years of teaching drama, this radio theater unit is one of my most popular lessons with students.

Note: This product was updated February 18, 2022.

Comprehensive? You bet!

This lesson is created by a veteran drama teacher of thirty-eight years.

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The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel by H.G. Welles. Originally serialized a magazine in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title was a man named Griffin. He was a scientist who devoted himself to research invented a way to change the human body to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor reflect light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself but fails in his attempt to reverse it.

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Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).
Use intensive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).
Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.


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