Objective: From their work in this section, students will collaborate in groups to write a scene, selecting two characters, one from To Kill A Mockingbird and one from A Raisin in the Sun (e.g., Mayella Ewell and Beneatha Younger, Tom Robinson and Walter Lee, Atticus Finch and Mama, etc.) The setting for the scene will obviously be abstract since the characters will come from different time periods.
Purpose: By contrasting similarities and differences between the selected characters, with due regard to the historical periods they represent, these scenes will show how attitudes can change and/or remain the same over time.
Presentation: The objective and purpose of the scene writing will be conveyed to students. The historical time frames and synopses for both plays will be presented and reviewed.
Application & Method: The teacher will coach two students in an improvisational demonstration, engaging two minor characters from each play in a conversation. This will be done to give the class an idea about how to approach their writing. Afterward, the class will brainstorm ideas related to the scenework. Students will then pair off to work on writing, rehearsing and performing their scenes.
Evaluation: Student pairs will take turns presenting their scenes to the class. After each presentation, the class will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.