More Scenes and Monologues for Middle School Students

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National award-winning playwright, director and teacher, Mary Hall Surface, has penned MORE Short Scenes and Monologues for Middle Schools Students. With this new collection she again captures the world of the middle-schooler with honesty and insight.Unique to this volume is the abundance of curriculum-connected content, inviting English and Social Studies teachers to bring Ancient and American history, literature, science, and mythology to life. These original scenes and monologues are also a unique tool for ...
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Overview

National award-winning playwright, director and teacher, Mary Hall Surface, has penned MORE Short Scenes and Monologues for Middle Schools Students. With this new collection she again captures the world of the middle-schooler with honesty and insight.Unique to this volume is the abundance of curriculum-connected content, inviting English and Social Studies teachers to bring Ancient and American history, literature, science, and mythology to life. These original scenes and monologues are also a unique tool for character education. Here, students can explore decision making, empathy, and the consequences of action in the experiential way that only drama can provide.

Best of all, drama teachers and students will find more of what made her first collection so popular:

• 30–second monologues with strong emotional turning points - ideal short audition pieces
• Short two- and four-actor scenes with strong relationships and specific objectives, perfect for contests and festivals
• Multiple-actor scenes with equally weighted parts, drawn from multicultural sources

A must for the library of every teacher, guidance counselor, school, camp, and student, this new volume is destined to win the praise of Mary Hall Surface's original collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
This large volume is rife with distinct voices, multicultural characters, and engaging scenes. The monologues are not just a string of questions, but the unseen character the soloist is speaking to is clearly defined within the monologue making them useful for character study and acting in general. The characters throughout the volume are age appropriate and the plots presented would be of interest to middle school and younger high school students.

The volume is organized well with short monologues divided by gender in the first half of the book and scenes with incrementally increasing number of characters in the second half of the book. The book is useful for classroom use (beginning through advanced classes), character work, ensemble work, and practice for students blocking and directing scenes.

Monologues range from the historical (immigrants coming to America, pg 74) to current issues (global warming, pg 78) but are always seen from the young person's point of view. The multicultural voices included in the collection are realistically written with appropriate diction and rhythm to their speech. Occasionally, indigenous words (xie xie, pg 10) are scattered throughout monologues, but the correct pronunciation as well as the word's meaning are always included so as not to confuse the student. The topics are relevant and even come from literature the students may be studying (To Kill a Mockingbird is mentioned in one monologue). . .
This is an excellent book and would be useful in a variety of classrooms including speech/communication, drama, English or social studies.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9- This volume stands out for its distinct voices, multicultural characters, and engaging scenes. The book is well organized, with short monologues divided by gender in the first half and scenes with an incrementally increasing number of characters in the second. Some of the pieces have been adapted from longer plays and have well-developed characters. This book will be useful for classroom use, character work, ensemble work, and practice for students blocking and directing. Monologues range from historical (immigrants coming to America) to current (global warming) issues and are always presented from the young person's point of view. Dialogue is engaging and differs from piece to piece so students can work on pace and tone when speaking. The multicultural voices are realistically written with appropriate diction and rhythm to their speech. Surface also includes magical characters (a spirit cat, a cricket) as well as inanimate objects to give students a chance at playing nontraditional roles. This excellent book would be useful in a variety of classrooms including speech/communication, drama, English, and social studies.-Terrilyn Fleming, Colby Public Schools, KS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575255606
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Young Actors Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 207
  • Sales rank: 427,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Hall Surface is an internationally-acclaimed playwright, director and producer of theatre for young audiences and families. Her work has been presented at the Kennedy Center, Seattle Children's Theatre, Louisville's Stage One, Arizona's Childsplay, The Smithsonian, the California Theatre Center and at international festivals in Canada, Sweden, Japan, Scotland, Germany and France. She lives in Washington, D.C. with actor/designer Kevin Reese and their daughter, Malinda.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Monologues for Young Women (One minute or less)     1
Monologues for Young Men (One minute or less)     23
Monologues for Young Women or Young Men (One minute or less)     45
Scenes for Two Actors (3-6 minutes)     57
Scenes for Four Actors (5-10 minutes)     115
Scenes for Groups (7-20 minutes)     149
Sources     201
Play Bibliography     203
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