Earlier in the year, the second grade classes were working on a script writing unit. Their goal was to take a book and turn it into a script, then perform the script. One of the classes just happened to choose to work on one of my favorite children's books, Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. The students worked very hard adapting the script and choosing the roles. Some even memorized their lines with very little time with the script! I took a video of the class' last day of school performance and wanted to share it here on the website. I'm having a bit of a hard time getting the video into the 'media' section of the website, but I'll get that worked out before too long. Until then, here it is!
I couldn't be more proud of the work they students put in to making the play. They started by breaking up the dialogue from the narrative, then we worked together to write the dialogue down on a scene by scene basis. This was followed by a group reading of the first draft, then we edited for content and staging. The students then democratically chose the roles they would play and we began practicing. One of my favorite moments came when the students couldn't get past the diner scene because they wanted to "set the scene" (their words!) by having Miss Delphine say "ORDER UP." I started making the corrections on the master script and it took the students a moment to realize that they had the creative license to make adjustments. They took such an amazing ownership of the whole collaborative process after that point!
In other news, I am going to be spending a good portion of the next few weeks this summer going through all of the photos I've taken of projects that the students have worked on in the 2012-2013 school year. Drama class is so much more than just the spring musical and mask making projects (which branched into a 5th grade unit as well). So look out for past pictures and new ideas alike. I've got some grand plans for this upcoming school year and would love feedback as I assemble and post new units!
Lastly, don't forget to post play and musical suggestions for the next season. I will be diving into a stack of dramatic literature very soon to plan for the next year and love hearing about the types of performances the students, staff and community would like to see. I'll keep you posted!