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Student Activity 4

The Pearl by John Steinbeck
unit written by
Linda Taggart-Fregoso



Years ago, before television, we only had radio for entertainment. At that time, families would gather around the radio in the evening and listen to stories performed on air, called radio plays.

With your teacher, please review your school's acceptable use policy for work on the Internet. Also, links to the web often change. Tell your teacher when you find a poor link in this guide.

The Task

After reading The Pearl, you will work in groups of 4-5 to write and produce an episode for a radio play on a section of The Pearl.. The completed production must be between 5 and 10 minutes long and must include a minimum of three characters. The episode must contain elements of colorful language including simile, metaphor and personification.

The Process: Exploring the Web, Creating a Product

  1. Form a group of 4-5.
  2. Look the Radio Plays sites below as models of what you are going to create: 
    1. "Shoestring Radio Theatre" Program - Home Page
  3. Work with others in group and your teacher to select a section of the book to transform into a radio play.
  4. Make sure that all members of the group have an assigned task.
  5. Rehearse your play.
  6. Schedule a time with the teacher to present your work.

How You Will Be Graded

Radio Play Should Include: points
Written in radio script
Oral presentation entertaining
Evidence of colorful language
Production is 5-10 minutes long
Completed group evaluation (if provided by teacher)
Excellent spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Each section is worth 5 points.





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