Teaching Tips: Writing Radio Plays
This site provides engaging activities to instruct students on writing radio plays. One of the links provides online tools for students to use to record information while researching various examples of radio plays from the 1930s and 1940s. Using a mobile device can be used to record a completed radio play using accounts from Blogger or Audioboo.fm. An eThemes resource on Performing Arts is included.
Alter Egos and More with Avi's "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?"
In the novel, "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?", the main characters constantly listen to radio shows. This activity ties the novel with researching radio shows and writing original scripts using an online tool.
Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization
Students discuss what makes a good story and create a list of necessary points for an intriguing story. Next they read the script, War of the Worlds, and then listen to the radio broadcast to compare the two versions. Last of all, they create their own radio script for broadcast.
Great Radio Mystery Theater Project
This lesson provides detailed directions for students to write a 1940s style radio mystery. Objectives and standards for Missouri schools are provided.
Collaboratively Crafting a Radio Drama Mystery
This unit provides a step-by-step project for writing a radio mystery drama. Rationale, objectives, and strategies are provided. Links for additional resources and a reading list are given.
Podcasts on the Go
Using Blogger or Audioboo.fm, students work in groups to create a radio show or podcast using their cell phones. An assessment/grading rubric is included.
Radio Days: A Webquest
Teams of students are cast as workers at a modern radio station. Their task is to create a radio drama similar to those from the 1930s and 1940s. Team members research radio history and use their findings to develop a script. Lastly, they record their play.
eThemes Resource: Performing Arts: Drama
These sites explore the theater and acting. There are several ideas for using plays and acting in the classroom. Learn about the history of the theater and common theater terminology. Includes warm-up activities and scripts to use in the classroom. An eThemes Resource on Readers Theater and Shakespeare is linked.