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How To Teach Your First Drama Class: Teen Monologues 1

Are you a drama teacher looking for free teen monologues and ideas for your first drama class lessons?  Introducing MB’s teen monologue education series.

What exactly is this teen monologues series?

The idea is to help drama teachers find sound monologue material to be used in the classroom.  The monologues selected will be based on character and theme and will explore moral value and human understanding.

We will be setting off a series of posts that will share additional insight into our teen monologue collection.  You are welcome to take the monologue analyses provided and shape each monologue according to your student and educational purpose of your classroom.

How To Teach Your First Drama Class

How To Teach Your First Teen Monologue Drama Class

Breaking The Ice

On your very first day of opening up your class, you may not be exactly sure how to approach your students.  That’s okay.

The easiest way to ease into it is by simply introducing yourself and sharing a story of something that recently happened to you.  It can be related to the arts or for example, something funny that happened to you while at your local supermarket.  Needless to say, keep it simple and short and allow your students to listen and warm up to you.

When you are done sharing your story, let your students know that your story is in fact a form of monologue.  This can be the beginning of introducing your students to the concept of how a monologue functions.

Ask your students if they can identify a monologue from a film they have watched.  This will make room to open up the discussion further.

You may then want to go into how a monologue functions within a film’s narrative and provide examples of how the monologue serves to reveal character to the story.  You may also do the same for a play.

5 Teen Monologues for Drama Class

We provide a further look into more than just the dialogue of the character from the monologue.  The hope is to give you ideas and set your drama teaching skills on a path that will formulate an organic working process with your students.

I Thought We Were Best FriendsLena talks to her best friend about why she seems to be distancing herself from her lately.

  • This monologue deals with separation.  Lena and her best friend grew up together up until this point in time.  They’ve been close for years and years but lately Lena’s friend has been hanging out with her less and less.  This greatly upsets Lena.  She has noticed that Melanie has been spending time with a new group of teens.  It is good to explore insecurity, fitting in, betrayal with your student.  Lena really wants to come to terms with what has been happening and why she hasn’t been included.  You can also explore change and its impact on Lena based on what she became used to knowing in her life.  Has Lean been too dependent on Melanie throughout their friendship?  Is she sociable with others?

How Noah Got His First Fat LipNoah got into his first physical altercation with a playmate over trapping a bird under a garbage lid.

  • In this monologue, Noah is nervous about sharing the story of what exactly happened with his friend.  He doesn’t want to get into trouble with his Mother who he relates the story to.  It’s a good idea for the drama teacher to explore the theme of courage and freedom with this piece.  Noah released a trapped bird and because of his bravery was punched in the face.  Why did it matter so much for Noah to set the bird free?  This monologue is a bit younger but a thirteen year old can pull it off, which is why we’ve included it in our monologue analyses.  There are good moral values worth exploring with your student with this piece.  Also, consider the aftermath of what took place with his friend.  What sort of concerns does Noah have now after everything that took place?

Mind Trickmale/female talks about what it truly means to be normal.

  • This is a very interesting monologue that discusses the concept of normality in society.  This can raise many questions for what is acceptable behavior in today’s world.  This monologue is good for a teen guy/girl.  Who is the character speaking to?  Why are they speaking about normality?  This piece is good to exercise character motivation.  There is also a short one-act play that accompanies it.  Is this person looking for acceptance in some way?  Are they secretly battling a form of depression that perhaps they aren’t fully aware of?

Light, SomewhereHelena doesn’t want to be an actress but is pressured to do so from her family.

  • Helena talks to a dear friend about the difficult life she is living.  On the outside she is an up and coming actress of talent but on the inside she is absolutely unhappy.  She comes from a theatrical family where it is expected to be automatically enrolled in the family life.  Traveling and doing theatre to make a living is the world Helena comes from.  This is a period piece and goes back to an era when actors traveled and performed for room/board and money.  This will prove to be a wonderful way to explore time periods and character for your student.  Reading historical literature (Eleanora Duse/Sarah Bernhardt) that talks about traveling actors to get a stronger idea of character environment.  The monologue explores identity.  The conflict is that Helena does not wish to be an actress, she wants to be a writer but she carries on as an actor for the love and well being of her father, who has a weak heart.  This inner conflict is what steers the piece for the actor.  The theme of selfishness creeps up as well and putting others first.   Is it more important to pursue your own life interests or to make others you love happy instead?

We Will Cross That Bridge When We Get To ItAndy has a heart to heart with the girl he is dating about being non-exclusive.

  • Andy is a gentleman first and foremost and he treads with kid gloves when talking to the girl he’s been dating about not becoming exclusive.  he does not want to hurt her but he also doesn’t want to be forced into anything serious.  But what is serious?  They have been seeing one another for quite some time and there is no reason to not be boyfriend/girlfriend, other than the fact that andy is getting cold feet.  Andy seems like he wants to have his cake and eat it to, which he knows is unfair but he is truly confused about how he feels and wanting to be young and free from a serious commitment. Examine the inner conflict with your student…focus in on the struggles that Andy is conflicted with and work with your student on the direction Andy wants to definitively go in.

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