Acting Out

Acting Out Six masterful children s authors have become master playwrights in this collection of one act plays that might just make you want to ACT OUT In The Raven Sharon Creech spoofs a publishing office whil

  • Title: Acting Out
  • Author: Avi Sharon Creech Susan Cooper Patricia MacLachlan Katherine Paterson Richard Peck
  • ISBN: 9781416938484
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Six masterful children s authors have become master playwrights in this collection of one act plays that might just make you want to ACT OUT In The Raven, Sharon Creech spoofs a publishing office while Susan Cooper shows the environment fighting back against overdevelopment in The Dollop Patricia MacLachlan puts a twist on detention in The Bad Room and Katherine PatersoSix masterful children s authors have become master playwrights in this collection of one act plays that might just make you want to ACT OUT In The Raven, Sharon Creech spoofs a publishing office while Susan Cooper shows the environment fighting back against overdevelopment in The Dollop Patricia MacLachlan puts a twist on detention in The Bad Room and Katherine Paterson gives us a new twist on a classic fairy tale in The Billionaire and the Bird Richard Peck s Effigy in the Outhouse is the story of schoolboys doing their best to trick a spooky substitute while Avi s Not Seeing Is Believing has words playing tricks on everyone With a star studded lineup of writers there s a stage full of drama, comedy, and great storytelling waiting behind these curtains Newbery Medal winning and beloved authors Avi, Susan Cooper, Sharon Creech, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, and Richard Peck have come together and written six original one act plays to be read, shared, and acted out by the audience they know best The playwrights could write about anything and anyone they wanted, but one thing would need to tie the stories all together Each author had to choose one word and share it with the group These six words then had to be written into each of the plays The words they chose were dollop, hoodwink, Justin, knuckleball, panhandle, and raven To find out the funny, odd, and creative ways they were usedWell, you ll have to read for yourself.

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    1. Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadTooWhat happens when you ask six Newbery Award winners to write one-act plays? Well, you get a book like ACTING OUT, and you get the potential for a lot of fun. Award-winning authors Avi, Susan Cooper, Sharon Creech, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, and Richard Peck were asked to write one-act plays. They were given the freedom to write about anything, but there was one catch. Each author picked a word which was to be used in all s [...]

    2. This collection of one-act plays, written by six winners of the Newbery Medal, will appeal to middle school students enrolled in a beginning drama class. My favorite is Sharon Creech's "The Bad Room," which revolves around students in detention. It reminded me a bit of the 1985 movie, "The Breakfast Club." One interesting spin is that each author was asked to choose a word to use in his/her play; all six words chosen were then used in each play.

    3. The plays in this book are funny, clever, and sometimes quite touching. I really love the basic concept, using an improvisational theater game where the players are given a word that they have to drop into a scene. Each author contributed a word, so there are words like "Dollop," "Justin," and "panhandle," that they must use in their play. It's fun to identify the words, but the plays themselves don't need a gimmick to be fantastic reading. I can't wait to use this book with my class!

    4. It was fun to read these one act plays by Newbery-winning authors. However, I was kind of disappointed in the quality. I thought they would be so much better, maybe even something we could perform for our fine arts plays this year. The first one by Sharon Creech is really the best in my opinion, but there are too few characters. Bummer.

    5. I don't read this style of writing often, play format, but I really enjoyed it. I like other works by most of the authors who wrote a play for the book. It was clever to have words that they all had to use in the play to connect them all a little.

    6. A wonderful collection of short plays! It was interesting to see how the Newberry-award winning authors approached a different medium.

    7. All of these were not great, but these made it worth the read:The Billionaire and the Bird by Katherine PatersonEffigy in the Outhouse by Richard PeckNot Seeing Is Believing by Avi

    8. I lost this book when I checked out from the library. Then I had to go and pay for it. Awesome. I still don't know where it is

    9. My favorite play was Paterson's "Billionnaire and the Bird." These plays appear easy to stage, using one part props and one part audience imagination.

    10. These plays were worth reading, but each one is odd enough, in its own way, to make me think I probably wouldn't have kids acting them out.

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