Do you need to teach your students remotely, or online?
Here is a collection of drama resources designed for independent study.

Have young actors study the vocabulary, and then assign 5 random terms that they must expand upon (a paragraph each).

Have students choose a character from a play or a fairy tale and fill out a character analysis worksheet.

Ask young actors to memorize one or more of the scenes and act it out with a family member or friend.

Ask young actors to try five of the memorization strategies in this tutorial, and choose the one that worked best for him/her. Have them write a paragraph about each technique detailing their process and experience with each method, citing the reason they chose the memorization technique that they did.

Have young actors practice these pantomimes at home. They can also make them into a game of ‘activity charades’ with friends or family members.

Have young actors practice these pantomimes at home. They can also make them into a game of ‘sensory charades’ with friends or family members.

Have students practice these challenging pantomimes, paying close attention to making every movement more visible to an audience sitting some distance away.

Have students rehearse and perform these funny 911 calls with a friend. Ask students to record their ‘calls’ and play them back and listen for how ‘believable’ they are. Have students re-record until they are happy with the result.

Have students pick one or more conversation starter and ask them to script a one-minute call (both sides of the conversation) based on the prompt and rehearse their piece for performance.

Ask students to imagine that they are at an audition, and doing the WORST job possible. Have them come up with ten different ways to deliver a bad performance, and then practice each idea and choose one to capture on video.

Give students these simple poems, and this list of different ways of performing them (sad, angry, etc.). Have them choose the one that they feel lends the most drama to the poem, and then video it.

Have students write and rehearse a short monologue based on one ‘expert,’ in this hilarious list.

Give students this list of tips and techniques for auditioning for film commercials. Have them rehearse and then video themselves auditioning for the commercial (scripts included).

In this lesson, students either invent a magical product, or choose one from the list. Have them make an actual prototype of the product and video a short, funny commercial promoting it!

Have students practice their physical comedy and timing skills with these fun clown gags. If possible, have students video their work.

WRITING MONOLOGUES AND SHORT PLAYS

Give students these play outlines to use in concert with any prompt-based writing assignment.

Give students these play outlines to use in concert with any prompt-based writing assignment.

Have students use these scene starters to write scenes or short plays.

Have students use these advanced scene starters to write scenes or short plays.

Assign, or have students randomly choose a title from this list and have them write a skit or short play based on the title.

Ask students to choose a debate topic and write a one-minute speech that supports one side of the issue.

Have students choose a headline and write their own funny or serious news anchor report on the topic. If possible, have students video their performance.

Have students choose one letter and write a monologue or short skit that portrays the writer’s dilemma.

Ask students to choose a debate topic and write a one-minute speech that supports one side of the issue.

Have students choose one fortune and write a one-minute monologue, or short skit based on the fortune.

Have students choose one proverb and write a one-minute monologue, or short skit based on the proverb.

Have students choose one Chinese proverb and write a one-minute monologue, or short skit based on the proverb.

Have students write a short play based on a magical object.

Have students create an original story about how something came to be. Ask them to write a short play with at least three characters that tells the story.

Ask students to create an original fairy tale by mixing up the locations/characters, etc. Have them write it in script form.

Have students write an original short story that involves a ‘forbidden room.’ Ask them to write it in script form.

Have students write an original monologue from the viewpoint of one of the animals shown in this collection.

Have students write an original monologue or short play based on one of the dwellings shown in this collection.

Have students write an original monologue or short play based on one of the emotional photographs shown in this collection.

Have students write an original monologue or short play based on one of the unusual photographs shown in this collection.

Have students write an original monologue or short play based on one of the complex photographs shown in this collection.

Ask students to research five words Shakespeare invented and write two sentences that contain each word. Then, have students invent their own word and write a dictionary definition for their new word.

Give students the list of 37 clues to Shakespeare’s plays, and have them fill in which play goes with which clue.

Ask students to choose one character and write a one-page essay about that character. Or, have students fill out a character analysis on that character.

Ask students to choose a death quote and create a one-minute monologue based on the life and experience of the character who died.

Ask students to memorize and rehearse one of these soliloquies. If possible, have students video their performance.

Ask students to memorize and rehearse one of these soliloquies. If possible, have students video their performance.

Give students just the quiz portion of this tutorial, and have them find the answers online.

Give students just the quiz portion of this tutorial and have them research online to find the answers.