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Exploring a Teen's World: Learning SAT Vocabulary Through Drama

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Exploring a Teen's World: Learning SAT Vocabulary Through Drama

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five to six 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy Barile

Nancy Barile

Revere, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Video camera

  • Computer

  • Video editing software (i.e., iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Inspiration, HyperStudio, or Adobe editing software)

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Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.


Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


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  1. Reserve the use of a video camera and a computer, as needed, and obtain video editing software. (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Inspiration, HyperCut, or Adobe editing software would be appropriate for this assignment.

  2. Make enough copies of the Rubric for Cooperative and Collaborative Learning for the class.

  3. Create a test for 15 or so of the SAT vocabulary words used in the lesson. Use whichever format you prefer; one suggestion is to place a vocabulary word bank at the top of the page and then list sentences in which students need to fill in the blank with the correct word from the word bank. Make enough copies of the test for the class.

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