In this lesson, students will demonstrate basic understand of acting for musicals by selecting lyrics to memorize and dividing it into moments.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of â€œThe Fourth Wallâ€ principles by performing a content-less scene where they will visualize, and/or break, the Fourth Wall.
This lesson plan highlights two approaches to teaching students about bullying through drama. In this lesson, drama serves as a means to highlight and explore bullying issues, giving pupils the opportunity to try out anti-bullying strategies for themselves.
In this lesson plan, students will use pantomime, research skills, and information sharing to perform as someone or something from a country around the world. The teacher "travels" from country to country guessing who/what each student represents. The plan includes a time-travel variation as well.
In this article, the authors Anthony D. Hill, associate professor of drama at The Ohio State University, and Douglas Q. Barnett, director, producer, and founder of Black Arts/West in Seattle, discuss why they created the Historical Dictionary of African American Theater, the first comprehensive compendium of two centuries of blacks on stage.
This series of interactions and assignments covers reading, documentation, writing, evaluations, and performance. It introduces students to Aristotle's Plot Points and helps them find those points in books they are reading. At first this is a small part of a weekly lesson plan, then whole lesson time is devoted to writing, and, finally, students will rehearse and perform their BookTalk.
In this lesson, students will demonstrate their understanding on how costumes and props can affect/form character by drawing a costume design for their scene character and writing a list of props their character might use.
In this activity, students are given an index card. Each student then writes the name of a famous person or character on that card. The cards are shuffled then redistributed amongst the group. The students must become the character on the card they are given and interact with the other characters in a given scenario. While they are interacting in character, each student is also trying to figure out which student was given the character they wrote on the index card.
In this lesson plan, students are led, using narrative pantomime, to act out a story about 3 dimensional space. Following the activity, students discuss their role in this lesson, as well as their community.
In this warmup activity, one student is the conductor, and the other students are the choir. The choir copies the sounds and moves the conductor makes. The conductor can control how loud or quiet the choir is and combine different sounds to create music.
In this unit, students will engage in an interactive activity that will enhance their understanding of story structure and story elements. Students will work in groups to create semi-impromptu skits. Paper bags containing five unique props are distributed to each group; these props provide the impetus for the development of creative skits. Students then use online tools to outline the story elements in their skits. The lesson also promotes listening skills as students view other groups' performances and determine the conflict and resolution of each.
In this lesson, students brainstorm possible scenarios in which fire was first discovered. They then work in groups to create a performance acting out a possible scenario in which fire was first discovered.
This website lists 45 actors and play titles along with a picture of their costume for the play. Some are sketches, and some are portraits. This is a great resource to show students what actors in England at the turn of the century were wearing for costumes. These pictures are from a book entitled, "Players of the Day" published in London by George Newnes, circa 1902.
In this project, students explore the use of masks in various world cultures, learning about the origins, purpose, and use of masks in rituals, performances, fashion, occupations, etc. They consider how masks function as objects to enhance beauty and appearance, provide protection or concealment, display power, or indicate change and transformation.
Students use what they learn about masks to inform a reflection on the ways that they “wear masks” in their own lives, and the different “faces” they put on for themselves and others. They create a mask that artistically represents one of these faces and present it as part of a collaborative exhibition.
Listening to folktales from around the world can enrich children's understanding of many cultures. Decide on a story with your children, and work with them to turn it into a play. Students will adapt a folktale into written dialogue.
This is a booklet providing eight lessons and information about creating dramas with puppetry. It includes a glossary of terms, puppet making instructions, sample scripts, and a student certificate of completion. Students will learn meaning through movement, verbal expression, and creativity. They will identify theatre and storytelling forms from different cultures.
In this activity, a student volunteers to select from a pile of cards that each have a simple sentence written on them. The student's task is to communicate a full sentence to the class using only body language and gestures. If they speak, it must be in gibberish.
This project guides students in creating their own fairy-tale or story as a group. The lesson includes discussions on what makes a good story, character development, improv situations, and script writing.
This activity serves as an introduction to the structured use of the imagination and to the idea of a character. Students will examine their hands, then make "animal puppets" using their hands. Children then can volunteer to show their hand creation to the class.
This is an online version of the book "The History of Costume" by Braun & Schneider published from 1861-1880. This online version includes all 125 original plates and is an excellent resource of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century.
This resource provides students with an outline for writing a screenplay. It explains that a screen play is visual and the character's actions move the story from scene to scene. Examples of a completed scene in the screenplay format is provided.
This resource provides ideas for staging the play "Hansel & Gretal" and general stage directions. These directions can be used for any type of stage or for the classroom. There is also information for costumes, scenery, set arrangements, and props.
This website explains the process of seeing and reviewing a play. The site includes three examples of reviews for the same show written by different critics.
This is a small collection of improvisation games and warmup games that can be used to sharpen up your cast if youâ€™re a director, or to add energy and originality to your studentsâ€™ acting if you are an acting teacher. All can be done with no materials in any reasonably sized space.
In this lesson, students will demonstrate their understanding of scoring a poem by beginning to score their own and working on their poem in pairs. The lesson includes an improvisation warm up game and class discussion.
In this lesson plan, the teacher will introduce students to the dialects they may study in depth as actors. Lesson includes Powerpoint Presentation, video examples, worksheet, and rubric for final assignment.
In this lesson plan, students will demonstrate their ability to use projection and diction in speaking by creating a tongue twister and teaching it to the class. The lesson includes vocal warm up games and class discussions on the importance of the voice in portraying a character.
In this activity, three students improvise a job interview. One student is the boss asking questions, and the other two students are potential employees. While the boss is asking questions to one interviewee, the other interviewee is trying to distract the competition.