How to Turn Stories into Plays

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Complete guide to creating plays based on children’s books!

Most people who teach drama start by looking for scripts for children, but stories can provide a never-ending, rich source of material that can offer a more rewarding experience than working off a script. Stories allow children to enter their imaginations, become innovators, and fully participate in the crafting of a performance piece.

Turning stories into short plays can feel daunting for those who haven’t done it before, but once empowered with the right tools, turning stories into plays can be easy, and even a preferred method for teaching drama to children.

This ten-page guide is packed with everything you need to know!

Includes:

  • Tips for choosing stories
  • Step-by-step instructions for teaching your class
  • Exact examples of how to adapt stories to scripts
  • Ideas for creating simple costumes, sets, and props
  • Five extension activities that compliment rehearsal time
  • Seven additional ways to create drama experiences based on books

Use this guide with Books for Children to Act Out, and you could plan an entire year of drama lessons for young children!

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