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Lesson Plan

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Subject: Literacy
Grade span: 6 to 8
Duration: 30 minutes
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Story and Literature Dramatizations


This lesson is one example of how you can implement a literature dramatization. It gives students a chance to work collaboratively in small groups to depict a scene or an event from a story. It can be adapted to any book students are reading, and provides a quick, spontaneous activity that helps students engage in what they are reading.

Learning Goals:


No special materials or preparation are required. This activity can be conducted using any book or story students have read/are reading. It can also be conducted using social studies content, such as a historical event students are studying.

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