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Lesson Plan

Theatre: Create a Script
Subject: Art
Grade span: 1 to 6
Duration: Two 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Building Skills in the Arts


This lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Building Skills in the Arts. In this activity, students read Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia, act out idioms from the story, and then write a script for and act out their own idioms.

Learning Goals:



  1. Review some of the basic elements of drama, including characterization, exaggeration, and improvisation.
  2. Read Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.
  3. Create or clear a performance space (masking tape can designate a stage).

What to Do:

Session 1 Session 2

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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