The Ten-Minute Play: Encouraging Original Response to Challenging Texts
Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice After reading Beloved or another suitable novel, students review some of the critical elements of drama, focusing on differences between narrative and dramatic texts, including point of view. They discuss the role of conflict in the novel, and work in small groups to search the novel for a passage they can adapt into a ten-minute play. Students write their play adaptation in writer’s workshop sessions, focusing on character, setting, conflict, and resolution. back to top Teaching Racially Sensitive Literature: A Teacher's Guide: This resource offers point for consideration prior to teaching a racially sensitive piece of literature, including teaching and discussion ideas for the classroom. Ten-Minute Play Planning Questions: Students can use the questions on this handout as a guide when planning their ten-minute plays based on a novel. Further Reading DeSena, Laura Hennessey. 2007.
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