Writing in Stereo

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WiS Lesson 1B

March 27th, 2010

The original Writing in Stereo was published online back in the late 1980’s.  Its purpose was to apply creative radio dramatics to all aspects of the teaching of high school English.  Each lesson included a lesson plan and notes.  I’m sharing these with you here.

UNIT OBJECTIVE: (I) The student will write four original narratives and dramatize each for radio.

LESSON OBJECTIVE: (B) The student will demonstrate the correct use of dialogue techniques by adapting and recording a traditional fairy tale to radio drama.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil, audio tape recorder/player, some recording space

INTRODUCTION: Today we're going to begin writing our first original radio plays. We'll start with something easy. You all remember your favorite fairy tales. We're going to bring them to life on the radio.


1. Brainstorm titles of fairy tales.

2. Divide students into collaborative pairs.

3. Allow the pairs to select or decide the fairy tale title they wish to dramatize.

4. Have them write a scene breakdown (OUTLINE) of the story they've chosen. Most of these will be no longer than five to eight parts. For example: Little Red Riding Hood breaks down to: 1) Her house, 2) The Forest and Meeting the Wolf, 3) Wolf to Grandma's House, 4) Red arrives to hairy reception, 5) Woodcutter to the rescue

5. After you've seen their outlines, let them begin the script. Pairs should invent well-planted dialogue for each of the scenes. A narrator should NOT be necessary.

6. When the script is completed, collaborative pairs are matched with other pairs to RECORD BOTH scripts.

EVALUATION FOCUS: As the four students record the two scripts, grade the pair authoring each script on the frequency of plants in the dialogue. A script riddled with a narrator's interjections should be rewritten. (The performance quality need not be a criterion for evaluation at this point.)

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