Bring on the Fun!
Now for the fun part! When students arrive back to class the following day, they are asked to sit with a partner and to take turns sharing their monologues. At this point, based on what they have discovered about their characters, they must decide on a conflict that might arise should these characters meet. They create a scenario including a setting, a conflict and a resolution.
At this point, I ask the partners to randomly decide who will be A and who will be B. A's are asked to stand up and to move to another B. They then engage in the process of reading their monologues and creating a scenario with this new partner. This is a fabulous way to get students to collaborate with a number of different students in class instead of their usual crew! After repeating the process, each student will have a number of interesting scenarios. But here's the thing! They can only write one! So...
Each student is given a post-it note on which they write their first, second and third choice of scenario. As I collect the post-its, I assure the students that I will do everything I can to give them their first or second choice.
The next day in class, students find out who their partner will be and, using their monologues and their scenario, they write a fabulous 2 character scene that they have work-shopped from the ground up!