Module 5-Writing Opinions-Language Arts 5A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

Students will be introduced to some of the elements that appear in most plays. Students will learn more about the elements that appear in most plays--by comparing the elements in plays to the elements in novels. Students learn what dialect is and how it affects a play's message and impact.

Module Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Blank paper

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Reader's Theater
  1. Describe reader's theater as a type of drama.
2 Plays and Novels
  1. Compare the elements of drama with the elements of a novel or short story.
3 Dialect
  1. Define and identify examples of dialect.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
reader's theater

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
1 Reader's Theater 4 Reader's Theater Script Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Reader's Theater Please have your student look at their book collection and pick a story they think would be good for reader's theater. Discuss why it would be a good selection and have them brainstorm ways to make it into a script.
2 Plays and Novels In their Language Arts notebook, have your student write a comparison of plays and novels. They may refer to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (or any other play) and their choice novel to refer to for comparison.
3 Dialect Discussion Topic: Get groups of students together to perform the reader's theater scripts they created. Alternatively, ask students to gather friends or family members to perform the script and record the performance using a software program like Audacity.

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Reader's Theater
  1. What is reader's theater?
  2. What is Drama?
Plays and Novels
  1. How do plays differ from novels and short stories?
  1. What is dialect?
  2. What impact can it have on stories?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Reader's Theater A Radio Play
  1. Why were so many people convinced that the Martians really had invaded Earth?
  2. What is reader's theater?
  3. How is it like a radio play?
Reader's Theater Charley Skedaddle
  1. What happens in this story?
  2. Why is it considered a drama?
Reader's Theater Novel to Theater
  1. How do the students in this video make a story into a play?
Reader's Theater Making a Script
  1. What are the steps you need to make a script?
Dialect Brer Tiger and the Big Wind
  1. What words in this story were used mostly by people in the Southern United States?
  2. How does the dialect used impact the story?
Dialect Charlie Skedaddle
  1. What words does Granny use that are examples of dialect?
  2. Why do Granny and Charley decide to pretend that Charley can't speak when he meets people who live near Granny?
  3. How does the dialect used impact the story?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two J.K.Rowling

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing