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How to Write a Skit Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students on how to write a skit with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz on the topic, and even participate in a fun, hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on writing a skit, your students will be able to:

  • Explain how dialogue and stage directions are integral parts of a skit's script
  • Differentiate between acts and scenes and recap the five main parts of the former
  • Explain the three methods besides dialogue that can be used to express conflict

Length

1-2 Hours

Materials

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.A

Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.D

Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

Instruction

  • Let your students know they will be learning how to write a skit. Ask them if anyone is familiar with what a skit entails, has seen one performed, or has even written one in the past.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson Writing a Play: Script Format, Steps & Tips.
  • Read the introduction and the first section, titled 'Play: Definition.'
    • How would you define a play?
    • How does a play differ from a novel and why is a play often difficult to write?
  • Next, read the section 'Format.'
    • What is a script and what are its two major parts?
    • How are the stage directions written and when are they given?
    • How is dialogue written and when does a line begin anew?
  • Now, read 'Acts and Scenes.'
    • How do acts and scenes differ?
    • How did Shakespeare organize the five acts of his plays?
    • When does a scene typically change?
    • How can pre-writing help your play and what does it entail?
  • Lastly, read the two sections titled 'Conflict' and 'Falling Action and Resolution.'
    • How does an intriguing conflict work to enhance an author's story?
    • How do asides, monologues, and soliloquies assist in expressing conflict?
    • Should later scenes typically be shorter or longer?
    • How do falling action and resolution help to conclude a play?
  • Lastly, read the 'Lesson Summary' section to determine your students' grasp of this material on writing a play, and also review the text lesson in its entirety.
  • Have your students take the lesson quiz to ensure they fully understand the new material.

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