Putting on a Play
4th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about putting on play.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the significance of putting on a play.
• Explore and apply the concept of putting on a play.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of putting on a play.
• Orally use words that describe the people in a play.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about how to put on a play.
• Use key concept words [play, actors, actresses, narrator, director, role, audition, cast; rehearse, nervousness, playwright].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about putting on a play:
• What is a play.
• Who is involved in a play.
• How does a play work.
• The purpose of a play.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photo? (billboards, lights, ads, etc.) What are the ads about? (plays).
• Ask students: What play do you want to see? (answers will vary).
• Say: A play is a story written to be acted out on stage. There are many people who are involved in a play. Many people go to see plays because of the people in them or because of the story. Have you ever seen or been in a school play? (answers will vary).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them the different people involved in a play. Always have the students discuss what the people are doing.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about their favorite actors and actresses. After the second game, have them discuss the hardest and easiest emotion to show.
Close• Ask students: How are plays different from movies? Explain.
• Summarize for students that plays are great a form of entertainment, just like movies. Both plays and movies involve lots of people, props, and stage settings. However, plays are different from movies since people are acting live and sometimes there is only one set for all the scenes, whereas in the movies, scenes happen in many different places. Encourage them to think about whether they like plays or movies.