Playwriting With Young People / Escribiendo Obras Con Los Jóvenes

Julie Jensen’s downloadable, 16-page curriculum is available here, along with supporting materials (audio files, videos and worksheets) in English and Spanish, along with pacing guides and lesson plans.

Learn to create your own play and make finger puppets along the way!

K-6 students will meet Core Standards in drama (create, perform/present/produce, respond, and connect). The curriculum is easily adaptable to support any other subject or class project

Part of our In the Classroom program.


Our eighth annual Free Elementary School Tour is a podcast … complete with coloring sheets!

As they embark on the most wonderful/awesome/amazing sleepover in recorded history, nearly-ten-year-old Cass (aka Super Cat) and ten-year-old Ray (aka Reptile Robot) grapple with who gets to call the shots and how to tell someone tickling just isn‘t your thing.

An interactive tale of boundaries and superheroes.
With a magic remote.
And s’mores.

Students in grades 2-4 will meet Core Standards in drama, mathematics, language arts, science and engineering, social studies and health education. Intended Learning Outcomes include empowering students to (1) Communicate personal boundaries and respect the personal boundaries of others; (2) Speak up when they are uncomfortable with a social situation; (3) Be sensitive to the discomfort of others by reading body language or other social cues; and (4) Respond respectfully to differences in opinions or preferences, understanding that friends do not always have to like the same things.

Available through June 4, 2021

Written by Rachel Bublitz. Featuring two casts: Talia Heiss & Melissa Salguero and Tyson Baker & Benjamin Young. Coloring pages designed by Katherine Jelte (layout by Aaron Swenson). Sound design by Cheryl Ann Cluff. Recorded by Dave Evanoff. Directed by Jerry Rapier.

Catalyst Magazine  |  Email Education Coordinator Sharah Meservy to bring our Free Elementary School Tour of PRESENTING: SUPER CAT & REPTILE ROBOT (virtually) to your classroom or living room.

Students in grades 6-12: creating your own radio drama is an effective, innovative, isolation-friendly and boredom-fighting way to approach and explore any subject or element of the Core Standards.

Download our free app to listen to all four episodes of RADIO SLAM (plus a bonus episode!) under the Radio tab, where you’ll also find our downloadable “How-To” Guide” that will help students in grades 7-12 create their own podcast. Be sure to listen to the bonus episode, which students in grades 7-8 at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s created by using the guide!

Part of our In the Classroom program.

Previous Free Elementary School Tours

Visit Salt Lake City Public Library’s BiblioBoard to watch full performances of these previous Free Elementary School Tours (accompanied by study guides):

FLORA MEETS A BEE by Morag Shepherd. Eight-year-old Flora has lived in six foster homes since the age of five. One day Flora meets Bee and their budding friendship changes everything. Bee understands Flora no matter what language she speaks or how much she avoids sharing her true feelings. Flora sees the kindness just below the surface of Bee’s rough, worker-bee exterior that most people may not take the time to see. FYI there are three FLORA MEETS A BEE videos: each cast plus a read-along video to accompany the downloadable picture book we created with the Tour was cut short due to Covid-19. For grades K-3. Core Standards in reading, writing, science, social studies, and human development.

ZOMBIE THOUGHTS by Jenny Kokai & Oliver Kokai-Means (2018/19) is the story of Sam and Pig, avatars in a video game. Sam is anxious. Pig is punny. Will the audience be able to help them make the right choices on their quest to defeat the evil Machine? A sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious journey in, around and through anxiety. For grades 4-6: Core Standards in drama, mental and emotional health, reading, and writing.

RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. by Elaine Jarvik (2017/18) is the story of five-year-old JJ (who has lots of questions) and eight-year-old Izzy (a know-it-all who doesn’t know it all), siblings who have recently lost their grandmother. They embark on a funny and touching hero’s journey to try to make sense of loss, grief, death and life. For grades K-3. Core Standards in drama, mental and emotional health, reading, writing, and social studies.

THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson (2016/17)  is a comedy about ten-year-old Anna, who dreams of being a chef. She is also becoming aware of how her body is different from others at school. So, one day she decides to stop eating, but it’s hard to ignore your Food when it starts talking to you! For grades 4-6. Core Standards in drama, mental and emotional health, nutrition, and human development.

RUFF! by Jenifer Nii (2015/16) is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs. Axel (a shelter regular played by Tyson Baker) and Buddy (a shelter novice played by Latoya Rhodes). Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be. For grades K-3. Core Standards in drama, social studies, science, healthy foundations, reading, and writing.

DIFFERENT=AMAZING by Matthew Ivan Bennett (Spring and Fall 2014) is drawn from real-life bullying experiences of elementary students, including students from Salt Lake City and Davis School Districts. The goal is to provide students with the tools to identify, address and hopefully prevent bullying in their own schools. For grades 4-6. Core Standards in drama, language arts and health education.