Tip: Dramatic Replay
How do I do it?
Before your lesson, determine some of the important people or characters from your unit of study. This can include real or fictional characters, but also the general population. Create signs for 2-5 characters with cardstock paper with 2 hole-punches and string long enough to hang at chest-level on your students with the name of the character (e.g. President Lincoln, a democrat, Iroquois Chief, chef, old man, etc.) Stop 1-5 times during the presentation and have volunteers quickly assume the characters, wearing the signs. Give them a scenario (e.g. “You’ve met on the street.” Or “You are on a battlefield.” Or “The law has just passed and you are at a national park.” Or “You’ve time-traveled to the present-day and you have a meeting with the governor” “You just broke a big bowl...” etc.) Time the students and have them quickly act out the scene.
Variations & Extensions
You can require students to re-enact what you just presented and that each person must include 1-3 facts from the lecture or text. This can be a more extensive activity if you want students to create short skits in small groups. Provide sentence starters for students like, “I am feeling ____.” “I think I should ____.” etc.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1&3
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Everyday ELL is now Every Language Learner.