Reading and writing plays is motivating to students of all abilities. Writing and performing your own play not only gives students experience with dialogue and action but also develops reading and writing fluency and confidence. Play writing also helps students break out of the habit of writing fast summaries of their stories instead of real “showing writing,” including scene and character development. Students will learn how character and conflict interact to create drama in a short play. LEI will lead students through the writing process, from developing a main character and dramatic conflict, through complicating the conflict with other obstacles, to resolving the play as a tragedy or comedy. Students will learn the basic elements of play writing including dialogue and stage directions and may perform their play at the end of the project.
Lake Erie Ink also offers play writing adaptation workshops of fairy tales, folk tales, and myths or can create a customized program to provide experience and understanding of a variety of fictional genres.
Comics motivate reluctant writers and provide a structure for student writing and presentation. Creating a nonfiction comic also teaches students how to put things into their own words and avoid plagiarism. In this project, students of all ages will learn how to use comics to their research on a content area topic (This project is especially useful for science and social studies topics).
Lake Erie Ink will motivate your students to research a topic and use image and text to translate their research into their own vision and words in an informational comic. Research notecards become comic panels, demonstrating the value of good note taking, as students synthesize what they have learned about a topic and translate their learning into their own nonfiction comic. Younger students can acquire their research through listening and interviewing. Older students can use multiple sources for their research. For a one day workshop, all research should be conducted prior to visit or provided as a handout, and students will need time to finish their comics after the visit. Projects can be differentiated for different abilities by requiring more or fewer facts/notecards.
Lake Erie Ink also uses comics to teach students how to write personal and fictional narratives.
Complement a Poetry Journey performance with Playful Poetry, a residency or workshop that allows students to learn presentation and speech skills through theater games and writing activities focusing on rhyme, imagery, figurative language and narrative.
Students build on ideas learned in the Poetry: Page to Stage performance as they script and score poems to set into motion. A deeper appreciation of poetry and improvement of language skills occurs while they create their own interpretations of poetry using poetic techniques: rhyme, imagery, figurative language and narrative.
Using the graphic organizer called STORYBOARD, students discover dramatic structure and practice cinematic ways to retell and sequence stories. Students write and illustrate an original story in comic book format, then use the comic book as a script to perform for the class.
This workshop provides an in-depth look at how to effectively use voice and movement to enhance reading skills. Students learn skills to aid in comprehension and communication of literature including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and content area texts.
Wearing the legendary pot on his head, Ray brings John Chapman (better known as Johnny Appleseed) to life in a lively and believable presentation. Johnny leads participatory storytelling, songs and movement activities that describe his personal history, his life in pioneer Ohio, the distribution and importance of apples in frontier life, and the varieties and usage of apples in our own times.
Ray performs poetry directly from the ELA curriculum enlivened by his blend of interactive theater, comedy, and improvised songs. Students journey with Ray through the many ways of expressing poetry including narrative, dramatic and lyric.
Choose a subject form the curriculum and learn songwriting vocabulary and techniques. Working collaboratively, the entire class creates an original song with lyrics that use rhyme and rhythm to help comprehend and remember important details from the curriculum. Curriculum topics can include history, science, bullying, language arts, math, foreign languages and more.
In this invigorating drama and literacy program, professional actor Bill Morgan from SignStage works with groups of students to create a story or play. Students focus on the fundamentals of stories: who, what, where, when and why, characters, setting, conflict, etc., and understand how to put their ideas in a story format. The students work together to create a script, then rehearse and act out their play. Depending on how much time is available, the play may be video-taped, and students can even learn how a major motion picture is created! DVDs may be made for students.