Radio Drama Performances

Lesson 9:

Radio Drama Performances


Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to use voice to create meaning as they perform their radio dramas for the class.



  • Standard 7–8.T.P.9: Perform a variety of dramatic works for peers or invited audiences.
  • Standard 7–8.T.P.6: Use imagination to inform artistic choices.
  • Standard 7–8.T.P.7: Identify appropriate stage properties and technical elements for a given production.
  • Standard 7–8.T.R.1: Describe and demonstrate audience skills of observing attentively and responding appropriately in classroom presentations, rehearsals, and live performance settings.
  • Standard 7–8.T.P.2: Perform as a productive and responsible member of an acting ensemble in both rehearsal and performance situations.


Materials needed:


Step 1:

Have students get out a piece of paper. For each performance, they should write down the performer’s names, a compliment and a suggestion for further improvement. They will need to turn this in at the end of class.


Step 2:

Discuss proper audience behavior. A great way to do this is to pose the question: What makes a good audience? Answers may include: paying attention, not talking, applause after a performance, supportive of classmates, etc.


Reiterate that now that the expectations of a good audience member have been established/revisited, they will all be held to that today. They will all receive an audience grade for today’s performance.


Step 3:

Have students gather in front of the stage/performing area. Pull sticks to determine the order of performances. After each performance, ask for verbal feedback of 3 compliments and 3 suggestions from various students. Have performers fill out a rubric grading on themselves. You can then compare their self-assessment to your assessment and give them feedback to help them accurately reflect on their performance. Staple their assessment to yours and pass back to students once graded.