Education Technology

NCTE: Skit Performance: Living the Part

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

In this activity, the student groups will perform their skits for an audience.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ and NoteFolio™ Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Provide the groups with 10-15 minutes to read through their skits one final time and make any final preparations. If possible, film the skits for peer evaluation on another day. If filming is not possible, distribute copies of the NoteFolio file, SKITEVAL.8xv, so that the students can evaluate each skit as it is performed.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck and NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Draw on a broad base of knowledge about the universal themes of literature such as initiation, love and duty, heroism, illusion and reality, salvation, death and rebirth, and explain how these themes are developed in a particular work of literature.
  • Develop, explain, and defend interpretations of complex literary works.
  • Examine, explain, and evaluate, orally and in writing, various perspectives concerning individual, community, national, and world issues reflected in literary and nonliterary texts.
  • Write creative fiction that includes an authentic setting, discernible tone, coherent plot, distinct characters, effective detail, believable dialogue, and reasonable resolution of conflict.
  • Write for a variety of readers, including peers, teachers, and other adults, adapting content, style, and structure to audience and situation.
  • Interpret literary works orally.
  • Speak fluently with varied inflection and effective eye contact, enunciating clearly at an appropriate rate and volume.
  • Evaluate the effects of different types of language, such as literary and technical, formal and informal, in communications designed to narrate, inform, explain, persuade, and entertain.
  • Evaluate the use of standard American English in public contexts, such as school and work.
  • Evaluate the choice of words, expressions, and style considering the purpose and context of a communication.
  • Develop various media products to inform or entertain others in school or the community.
  • After the Activity

    If the skits were not videotaped, then have the students turn in their completed evaluation forms. Afterward, each student should complete the third section of the LearningCheck file Community Connections.edc, "Reflecting on What You've Done."

    If skits were filmed, plan a day for watching them and completing the "Peer Evaluation Form" file.