The last day before vacation presents challenges in a building teeming with teenagers. The writing exercise described below engaged students more than I had anticipated.
In an upper level literature elective, "The Drama of Math and Science," we had first read Inherit the Wind. As preparation for Marlowe's Faust, we read the morality play, Everyman.
To end the week, teams of students wrote a short scene in the manner of a morality play.
A scene from the Moral Play, “The Rocks of _____________”
After their ship has narrowly escaped shipwreck on the Rocks of ____________,
several shipmates discuss why they almost crashed their vessel and how they can avoid such danger in the future. (Fill in the blank with a noun that reflects the mindset(s) or behavior(s) that caused the ship to nearly shipwreck.)
Choosing two or three characters from the lists below (at least one from each list), write a page or two of the shipmates’ dialogue. Follow the formatting used by our text of Everyman.