Character, Conflict, Action! – A Play-writing Workshop

Character, Conflict, Action! – A Play-writing Workshop

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.

Playful Poetry

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.

Poetic Expressions

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.

From Books to Art: Reinforcing Early Childhood Literacy

Children create art projects, in a variety of materials. Based on books selected by their teacher to improve reading comprehension, word recognition, and fluency, George custom designs each project.

Robin Pease

Dramatize Literature… any kind!

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.

Poetry Journey

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.

Robin Pease

Rapping Curriculum

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.

Ready, Set, Action!

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.

Signing Dr. Seuss

Learn to perform excerpts from Dr. Seuss classics using American Sign Language with Bill Morgan from SignStage. Students learn basic facts about Dr. Seuss and how he created his “rhyming” books.