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Day 6: Finishing Plays, Beginning Project

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Day 6: Finishing Plays, Beginning Project

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of what makes a good play by revising their scripts and beginning work on putting some of them up on their feet.

Materials Needed:

Their scripts from last time, the playwriting powerpoint, and pencils and paper for each student


Write the following quote on the board as the students walk in: “One usually dislikes a play while writing it, but afterward it grows on one. Let others judge and make decisions.” Anton Chekhov, from a letter to Maxim Gorky, September 24, 1900.

  • Discussion: From your short experience with playwriting in this class and your other experiences with playwriting before this, do you agree? Since Chekhov is one of the most famous playwrights of all time, let’s take his advice for now.

Group Readings:

Have the students get out their plays from last time and pencils or pens. While they do this, set up the powerpoint again to the slide that says: “Cast and Produce”

  • Read Aloud Often.

  • Cast it and do it now.

  • Does it sound right?

  • Get feedback.

    • Group the students in groups of 3 and have them one by one give their scripts to the other two to read out loud.

    • Tell them not to worry if they feel like theirs is the worst play ever written – just tell them you were going for a Morality Play, and then as you hear it read aloud, fix it!

      • Give the students 15 minutes to read each other’s plays and make comments.

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