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Here are some more ideas:

  • PARTS OF SPEECH! Mad-Scripts! Fill in the blank plays that are different every time you use them. Check them out

  • THEME UNIT! Use The Pint Sized Pirate and do a theme week in the classroom. This play fits well with many themes including Pirates, Oceans and the Environment.

  • RESEARCH PROJECT! Use Holka Polka and do a fairy tale research project. Explore all the fairy tales mentioned in Holka Polka and have students research the original Grimm, Mother Goose or Anderson stories (Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Pinocchio, etc.).

  • FRACTURED FAIRY TALES! Discuss plays such as Gingerbread Girl, Sleeping Handsome and Beauty IS a Beast and compare them to the original stories or Disney versions.

  • HISTORY! Use The Hysterical History of Troy and research the history behind the play. Older students can compare the play to Homer's Iliad and younger students can research Sparta, Troy and other Greek cultures.
  • AUTHOR! AUTHOR! Read the author's bio at http://www.freedrama.net/bio.html and email the author with questions doug@freedrama.net

  • Make a diorama of set for the play or create the set on computer using a program such as CAD.

  • Turn a picture book in to a play: http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/11/picture-book-play-quick-lesson-plan.html

  • FESTIVAL! Have a play festival or competition between theatre classes. Here are some short plays that might work:

    "Fart Zen" - Short Comedy - 3 or more actors

    "Rock! Sword! Firecracker!" - Short Comedy - 3 or more actors

    "Touched by an Alien" - Short Comedy - 5 or more actors

  • CHARACTER ANALYSIS! Do a character analysis of a character from one of the plays. Go beyond the script and decide who the person, where they come from, how did they get where they are at the start of the play, what do they like/not like, and why are they the way they are.

  • ART! Draw a picture of your favorite character

  • Create a costume for a character

  • Cast the play with your favorite actors (make powerpoint presentation of the cast as if you are trying to promote the script for production as a movie)

  • Write a play review for the play you're reading.

  • Do a mock trial: put a character from a play on trial. Have "Beauty" from "Beauty IS a Beast" prove she is the princess or do something silly like a trial for the Master from "Fart Zen" charging him for teaching people to fart too much.

  • More Lesson plans below on Fake History and Reading



  • Fake History

    Make your own history!


  • READER'S THEATRE - SIMPLE PLAYS FOR NEW READERS - Here is a play that uses simple common words that new readers need to learn called "Yellow, Blue, Red"

  • SQUARE SAVES THE DAY - PLAY ABOUT SHAPES AND BULLIES - This stage play script teaches a couple of important lessons. First it teaches about shapes. But it also teaches about bullies. Ways to use this play: 1) Older students could perform this for younger students as a way to teach shapes but also discuss bullying. 2) A single student or a small group of students could create shape puppets as an art project and then perform the play on video. There are many fun ways to teach some important lessons with this play. Read the Play Now


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