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Building Literacy: Develop a Play

How does a story change when it’s developed into a play? In this iBlock, that’s exactly what students will explore as they become playwrights. Before writing their play, students will take a closer look at the history of theatre and play structure, then they will write and perform an original one-act play. Considerations will be made to set design, costuming, sound, lighting, casting, and blocking. Students can even consider how they could convert their play into a movie. It’s time to “break a leg!”

  • Grade Band: 9-12
  • Primary Focus: ELA, Performing Arts
  • Secondary Focus: Communications
  • Additional Foci: Advanced Literacy, Transferable Skills, Social-Emotional Learning
  • Possible Suggested Technologies: Glowforge, 3D printer
  • Related Industry Sectors: Arts, Media & Entertainment, Communications


Here is a sample content standard for this iBlock:

Synthesize knowledge from a variety of dramatic forms, theatrical conventions, and technologies to create the visual composition of a drama/ theatre work. (HS Advanced TH:Cr1.1.III a.)