Class Activity: English or Drama

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Have your students practice scriptwriting and storyboarding while creating their very own scene to a play. Through acting out their lines and recording the scene, they will be able to perfect their drama skills while learning intonation styles and proper word pronunciations.

The Activity: Aimed at English or Drama classes, this activity will pair seamlessly with reading and learning Shakespeare or while working on other plays and learning drama skills. The activity is for students to work together in small groups to write their own scene to a play. This could be reworking an existing segment, for instance changing the ending scene of a play, or even imagining an entirely new story and creating the play and scenes themselves.

The Level: This activity can be modified to be geared towards younger learners but is aimed at students who are learning more complicated plays, such as the works of Shakespeare. This will get students to understand the way plays are written and have them be able to create their own scenes and play through scriptwriting and storyboarding, while expanding their skills in acting and drama while performing and recording the scene on video. For younger learners, this activity can center around fables or simpler plays that the students could imagine alternate scenes to and be able to write and act it out.

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The Procedure: Students will begin by writing a script to a scene which they have imagined or are taking some inspiration from. Try to divide the class into smaller groups where collaboration is possible but each student is still thinking creatively for themselves and everyone contributes to the final scene’s recording. They will be able to include different characters and through their interactions create a central theme or lesson. Students will practice using creative writing tactics such as similes and metaphors to improve their writing and make the narrative believable and exciting. Have your students go through at least a cycle of iterative creativity, or reviewing and revising, of each other’s scripts to perfect them before the next step. They will than be able to storyboard an outline of the scene based on this script they have written. This will promote visualization of the student’s ideas and they can work together to revise and rearrange their ideas through constructive criticism in order to create the scene just as they had imagined.storyboardinggg

Students will then be able to act out their scenes and record them through 30hands Pro. They will practice word pronunciation and be able to revise their scripts once again so that their words flow when spoken in addition to when written out on paper. Students will be able to record acting scenes and watch their drama abilities playback where they can continuously learn from doing and improve their skill set. This activity has room for fun and students can create humorous scenes while simultaneously learning a great deal about scriptwriting, storyboarding, and perfecting their acting abilities through audience engagement and proper pronunciation.

 

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