Activity

Act Up! Drama for Justice

A lesson turns young historians into playwrights to understand and speak out against social injustice. Pupils work individually or in groups to write and perform monologues that deliver personal messages on social justice. Writers then reflect on the experience in journal entries and group discussion.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Arrange for the drama teacher to speak to the class about acting and writing screenplays 
  • Pair English learners with native English speakers to offer additional support 
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes  protocol is in place for a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
Pros
  • Lesson includes adaptions for English learners 
  • The project-based resource allows scholars to be creative and express their ideas with art 
Cons
  • None