Objective: Reading a play can be difficult for students used to reading novels and textbooks. Following dialogue and stage directions, along with narration, is key to understanding a play's plot line and deeper meaning. The objective of this lesson is to prepare students for reading the play, "As Bees In Honey Drown."
1) In class activity: As a full class, students help the instructor develop a list of elements present in a play that are not present in other writings. Focus on stage directions, narration in the form of italics, and the way dialogue is presented. Why are these elements present in a play and not in other writings? What else might students encounter in the play that they would not encounter in other readings?
2) Small group activity: Divide the class into small groups of 3 to 4 students. Each group looks over the characters listed before the play's text...
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