I'm trying to find some dramas appropriate for students at this level of reading that will not insult their maturity. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Drama's I've already looked at are:
The Glass Menagerie - 8th Grade
Inherit the Wind - 6th Grade
Death of a Salesman - 7th Grade
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Twelve Angry Men might be a good pick. It is frequently anthologized. As I recall, the vocabulary is not all that difficult, but the ideas are profound. The students might be able to identify with the prejudices displayed in the play, and because it is such a simple set, taking place all in one room, it would be easy enough to even stage a performance sitting around a large table. The film is excellent, too, I might add.
You might also consider The Diary of Anne Frank. The play is very approachable and readable, and suspenseful. The kids find parts of it very funny, and they can easily relate to Anne’s story. It is very well done. They might also like Our Town or Pygmalion. I always have students read plays out loud in class by taking parts. We usually switch roles at each scene or act, depending on the play. We act it out whenever we can. Assigning students roles helps them take ownership of the play and the story.
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