Hampton Roads Writers Intro to Playwriting So, you're going to write a stage play. First, what is a play? Basically, it's a blueprint for a stage production. It's performed by actors and directed, designed, and perhaps choreographed by others. You've probably seen a play before, if not on stage then one that's been adapted for TV or film. If you've ever glanced at the text of a play you'll see that it's pretty much all dialogue. Since a play is intended for performance, it adheres to some "unities" because of length limitations and the confines of the stage. Characters - You're going to want some, or else those actors will be very confused when they arrive for auditions. Setting - Where and when will your play take place? Stage Direction - This can be very confusing for both novices and professionals. An important thing to know is that stage directions are not narration. Do Include: Do Not Include: Stage directions never go into the interior life of the characters or objects on the stage. Ignore this...it'll just confuse you.
Lesson Plans : Poetry Out Loud Poetry Out Loud is not intended to replace classroom activities like creative writing. In fact, the two naturally complement each other. For that reason, we have created a number of optional writing activities and lesson plans for teachers. Do you have some great Poetry Out Loud lesson plans? Share your ideas with us! For further ideas on poetry instruction, visit the Poetry Foundation’s Learning Lab. Poems Put to Use (PDF)Students write about poems being put to use and, in the process, imagine the practical advantages of poem memorization and recitation. The Tabloid Ballad (PDF)This lesson teaches students about the typical metrical forms and narrative structure of the ballad by having them write ballads based on comic, even outrageous source material. The Tone Map (PDF)As students learn to name the tones of voice that the poem moves through, they learn to describe mixed emotions and to distinguish subtle shifts in tone and mood.
Practical ideas: Teens & Social Networks Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More 12 Exercises for Improving Dialog Dialogue is one of the most difficult aspects of writing to master. There are many pitfalls to avoid. Stilted Language This is dialogue that does not sound like natural speech. Filler Dialogue This is dialogue that does not advance the scene or your understanding of the characters. Expository Dialogue This is dialogue in which the character explains the plot. Naming This occurs when one character uses another character’s name to establish identity. Overuse of Modifiers This is the overuse dialogue modifiers such as shouted, exclaimed, cried, whispered, stammered, opined, insinuated, or hedged. Exercises Write down the things you say over the course of the day. Articles about Writing Dialogue
Teacher Preparation : Poetry Out Loud Explore Have students browse the poems. Allow time for the students to explore, either as homework or a classroom activity. Begin class with a poem a day. Understand Have students select poems to memorize. Allowing students to choose poems that resonate with them is key to helping them recite more effectively. Discuss the poems in class. Understanding the text is the most important preparation for reciting poetry. Share these memorization tips with your students: Rewrite your poem by hand several times. Recite Model recitation skills in the classroom. Recite poems yourself--this is a powerful way to show students it can be done.With the class, develop a list of bad habits that take away from a performance, such as inaudible volume, speaking too quickly or slowly, monotone, fidgeting, overacting, etc. Write Include creative writing exercises. Creative writing is a natural complement to Poetry Out Loud.
How Cultural Differences Influence Adolescent Development The parents of adolescents have the main responsibility of teaching children ethics. Scholars of adolescent behavior and authors of "Family and Peer Influences on Adolescent Behavior and Risk-Taking," Nancy Gonzales and Kenneth Dodge, note that while much of adolescent development happens outside the home, the culture of the family instills upon children their developmental roots. Parents coming from difference cultures emphasize different value sets and therefore teach their children different moral standards. For example, because honesty is an important concept in the West, American parents urge their children not to lie, even in situations where lying would be beneficial.