Overview: Creating story through theater with the elements of character, setting, conflict and solution.
Grade level: K-2 | Content Standard: CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well- chosen details and well-structured event sequences. | Arts Standard: Theater Cr2.1.1.a: Contribute to the development of a sequential plot in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
Today we’re sharing a lesson seed with you, tying together writing mix and theatre. While reading and writing mix a lot are separate pieces of the English/Language Arts bucket, they go hand-in-hand with this new lesson.
I got the idea for this lesson from this great post about creating a story .It uses only 4 elements: character, setting, conflict and solution. This is definitely an area many students in the elementary grades need to work on. In order for them to fully understand plot development in both reading and writing mix of a text. After being inspired by this simple idea, I thought about their natural connection. Then, having the ability to portray through acting the natural sequence of these four elements. In today’s lesson seed, we’re featuring how to move from simple identification to actual development. In addition to, performing using these four elements in both writing mix a lot and theater. Enjoy!
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.