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Monologue Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

As younger students learn about theater, understanding and creating monologues is important. This lesson includes activities to help students create their own monologue, as well as monologues for characters in picture books.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the characteristics of a monologue
  • identify examples of monologues
  • write and present a short monologue

Length

2 hours

Materials

  • Picture books
  • Index cards

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Instruction

  • Stand up in front of the class and give a short monologue where you are talking to yourself about something, such as what you want for lunch or where you should go on vacation.
  • Tell students that you just performed a monologue. Write the word on the board and define it for the students.
  • Review the lesson Monologues Lesson for Kids: Examples and How To Write, pausing after the 'Monologues in Books' section.
  • Have the class brainstorm other examples of monologues they have seen in television or movies or read in books. Help students to identify the characteristics of a monologue found in their examples.
  • Continue reviewing the rest of the lesson, and have students discuss the following questions. Add answers to the word monologue in the form of a word web:
    • What are the characteristics of a monologue?
    • What are some important considerations when developing a monologue?
    • If you could write a monologue for a character in any movie you've seen, what would your monologue be?
  • Have students take the lesson quiz.

Activities

Literary Monologues

  • Divide the class into pairs, and provide each pair with index cards and a picture book.
  • Tell students that they will create a monologue for a character in the book.
    • Have pairs work together to determine where in the picture book it might be appropriate for a monologue.
    • Have students brainstorm the character's thoughts, feelings and emotions at that point in the story before writing.
    • Have students write their monologue on the index card.
  • When students are finished, have each pair present their monologue to the class. Pairs should explain the events in the book leading up to the monologue prior to reading it out loud.

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