Playwriting: Dialogue Drill

We’re in day four of converting our feature articles to short plays. Today I wanted them to start thinking about dialogue and how it fits the conflict of their play. I had them restate the conflict (I’ve done some version of this every day this week) and then we passed each other’s papers to write out lines that someone who was responding in a happy, sad, angry, or scared way might say.

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We then had students work in groups of two and use these sheets to stage a scene. Each time they used a line from the page they had to make a specific gesture (waving the paper) to show that it was a line from the paper.

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