North Carolina Aligned Theatre Arts
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.
Students explore and name vocal pitch and body shape and level by listening to music, responding, and dramatizing stories to reflect intentional acting choices to portray characters.
This lesson will focus on such captivating topics, beginning with an interactive warm up in which students learn about the effects of yellow fever during the period of Civil War. Afterwards, students will begin their exploration of Civil War by reading about bioterrorist plots involving diseases such as yellow fever, as well as other attempts of terrorism during this time. Students will then work on a group project in which they explore other intriguing aspects of the Civil War through reading and the examination of primary sources. They will then work with their group to create a creative and educational soap opera that will teach the rest of their classmates about their assigned topic.
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.
Pages 2-4 of this Chicago the Musical Study Guide include a lesson on theatre etiquette. Students are broken up into four groups and given "tickets" to a show. Each group brainstorms and acts out what types of clothing and behavior would be appropriate for their type of show. Students are also asked to create a poster or brochure for audience behavior at a live theatre production. Brainstorming worksheet included.
This article reviews the the type of locations to consider for a stage play. It discusses the types of spaces a playwriter considers for the settings of stories such as a single location setting or a kitchen sink drama. Understanding the playwriter's vision determines the type of staging to use. The design of the set is determined by the playwright's intention of where the story takes place. For instance, if the play takes place in a single location the action takes place without scene changes. A kichen sink drama is typically a single location play that takes place in a family's home and the audience will only see one room in the house such as the kitchen in "A Raisin in the Sun." This article provides teachers with information about stage settings for classroom discussion.
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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 these lessons, students use their understanding that a story has a beginning, middle, and end to portray characters. Students also learn and practice improvisation.
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.
Students will work in cooperative learning groups to practice reading one of two reader's theater scripts. Groups will discuss the type of hats worn by the characters and possible reasons they wore the hats. A group scribe (volunteer from the grroup) will make a vocabulary list as the scripts are read. In this list, five difficult vocabulary words are recorded for later learning. The teacher will collect word cards and make a vocabulary list for students to learn and present to the class. Finally, students will perform the reader's theater scripts for their classmates. This lesson was developed by Sarah Owen-Palethore as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.
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.