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Drama Activity in

Writing

Mask Monologue
is a drama activity for writing that
requires the students to first answer
questions prepared by the teacher on
paper and using the answers
afterwards as poem to be presented
using the mask they were given.

Mask Monologue

What kids practice:


Narrative poetry
Use of masks through the ages,
Masks" we may wear every day,
Projection
Enunciation

Mask Monologue
1. Give students a list of questions about themselves :
- What is your name
- What is your greatest fear?
- What is your first memory as a child?
- What is your favorite possession
- What 2 animals you like?
- What 2 colors you like?
- What is your favorite number?
- What is your ambition?
- What is your hope to the future you?
2. Using the list of answers, ask students to create a short, narrative poem
entitled "All About Me.
3. Hand out already-cut (eyes and mouth holes) empty oval cardboards to
each student
4. Students have to decorate their masks as creative as they can
5. When the masks are completed, each student stands up before the class,
holds the mask over his or her face, and delivers the poem.

Example
Mary is the name
Bugs is never a friend
Holding hand with Daddy
Barbie doll is a true company
Cats and dogs are cute
Pink and yellow are great
2 and 3 is lucky
To be a stewardess
That lives life to the fullest

Thank you!

Found Object Monologue


What kids practice:Writing monologues, descriptive word
choice, delivering peer critiques
What to do:Display a wide assortment of random objects on a
table: a baseball cap, an iPod, a cell phone, an old book, a ring,
etc. Have the class walk past them or hold them up so they can
get a good look at them. Invite the students to choose one object
and write ten descriptive words or phrases about it. Have the
students read their lists out loud and challenge the class to guess
which object they are describing. Next, ask students to imagine
they have lost this object. Invite them to write a one-page
monologue telling the story about how they lost it and what they
will do to find it. Have the students deliver the monologues in
class and peer-critique them.

Name Game Monologue


What kids practice:Naming traditions, the meaning of a name, voice
What to do:Ask the students to divide a sheet of notebook paper into
two columns. In the first column, have them brainstorm a list of words (1520 minimum) that describe themselves. Ask the students to find out the
meaning of their name, using the Internet, baby name books, or their own
families as a resource. Have them write down what they find in the second
column. Pose the question "Is there anything that is connected in both
columns?" (for example, Maggie is a member of the social justice club, and
the name Maggie means "righteous one"). Write these connecting traits or
qualities at the bottom of the page. Next, challenge students to compose
a short monologue, speaking as themselves, to be delivered in front of the
class, telling a story about a time when they were challenged to show one
of the overlapping traits. In other words, each student should dramatize
an event where they really became the true meaning of their name.

Sock Puppet Monologue


What kids practice:Storytelling, character creation, conflict, vocal variability,
projection and enunciation
What to do:Hand out one white sock to every student. Have students put the
socks on their hands. Tell the class that you will play two pieces of contrasting
music, such as a rock song and a movement from a symphony, and they are to
move the socks to the rhythm of the music, showing the emotion of the piece.
(You might want to have them work in contained spaces so they don't knock into
one another.) After each piece of music is played, brainstorm a list of words that
describe the emotions students showed when they were moving the sock
puppet. How did they show these emotions using the puppet? Perhaps ask one or
two students to demonstrate an emotion to the class using their puppet.
Ask students to write a monologue in which their sock puppet expresses emotion
about something that has happened in its life (a problem, a celebration, etc.).
Challenge the students to create a character out of their puppet just by using the
emotions expressed through the movement of their hands. After the monologues
are written, each student delivers the monologue in front of the class with the
puppet telling the story.

Source
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/art
icle/use-drama-teach-writing