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The Play, The Playwright, and Your Scene: Using Google Docs, Sites, and YouTube

Session Description

The Play The Playwright And Your Scene

When performing scenes in high school, one rarely has enough time to learn about the playwright, his or her vision for the play, and understand the scene as part of a larger story of the play. The "Play, The Playwright, and Your Scene" provides a model for theater (or English) students the opportunity to build a deeper and more three-dimensional vision for their characters.

Using Google Sites, students begin by researching a playwright’s life and work and by reading a key play (  After choosing a scene, students then start a conversation with the playwright. Although the playwrights will not join in the venture, the students will have the opportunity to speak in the voice of the playwright and write an original scene based on what they have learned about his or her life.

In a project that combines research with creativity, students will showcase their work with two rich and detailed performances ( and published in Google Docs, Sites, and Video/YouTube.


  • Suggested audience: Primary and secondary educators, People who support educators, people who support students
  • Prior experience or knowledge: Beginners


  • Time: 7pm Eastern
  • Session hashtag: #playinterpretation
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

David Boxer
Director of Information Support, Minnesota, USA

Sarah Clark
Research Librarian & Coordinator for the CTL, Los Angeles, CA

Jordan Fox
Upper School Performing Arts Faculty, Los Angeles, CA

Stacie Munoz
Upper School Academic Technology Coordinator, Owings Mills, MD


  • To watch the live stream of this session, visit David's Google+ Page at 7pm Eastern May 2nd.
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