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Students examine the contributions of a few African American actors. After watching different films, they work together to recreate the film and the struggles faced by the actors. In groups, they compare and contrast the acting style of the different actors. To end the lesson, they identify the stereotypes used in films to represent African Americans.
Learners examine the ways poetry has been used by actors. After reading a poem, they discuss the characters and the differences in how the male and female students view them. In groups, they read a few of Shakespeare's sonnets and write an outline about who they believe Shakespeare is speaking to.
Students identify and portray specific character attributes through uprigth movement, creating a portrayal of an animal. They use vibrant, upright movement to convey the characteristics and temperament of specific animals. Finally, students combine attributes of shape and movement with an emotional quality or behavior in a full upright physical representation.
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about the character Cedric Diggory. Page includes multiple links to answers, ad and resources.
Students explore the diversity of characters in popular television shows and movies, then investigate the backgrounds and careers of famous Hispanic actors.
Take your class to the theater! First graders will examine characters that actors play such a villians and heroes. Then participate in creating plays and performing in them. They will also research what it takes to create scenery, props and costumes and take a unit assessment.
In his article about color-blind casting entitled, "Willy Loman Is Lost, Still Looking for Stimulus Plan and Some Dignity," Charles Isherwood quotes August Wilson as saying,  "To mount an all-black production of a 'Death of a Salesman' or any other play conceived for white actors as an investigation of the human condition through the specifics of white culture is to deny us our humanity, our own history." After reading Isherwood's article, class members consider nontraditional casting decisions and work with a partner to recast a movie or play. Pairs then consider the possible impact of their choices.
Students watch and discuss a scene from 'Cool Hand Luke,' then read the actor Kevin Costner's commentary on it. Then, each identifies one work of art that he or she loves and prepares a similar commentary on the details of that work's genius.
Students read Billy Budd and examine ways to make it into a movie. They role-play as casting teams locating actors to portray the roles in the book turned movie. Students also design movie posters, write reviews, and write scripts for a scene from their film.
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a one-page reading on the comedic actor Rowan Atkinson and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more. An answer key is provided for some of the exercises.
Students learn about the basic legal and ethical responsibilities shouldered by people making "reality" videos (i.e. videos with non-actors).
Learners of all ages discover the importance of reading fluently by viewing celebrities reading children books and telling about their personal paths to fluency. They participate in a fluency reading routine that connects them with a partner who times, evaluates, and films their readings (repeated) of the same book. Class members also graph their words per minute and their personal progress. This plan is connected with, a literacy support program of the Screen Actors Guild.
Students examine the various ways actors and actresses communicate by using not only their voice, but body language. In groups, they practice some of the same techniques in front of the class. They complete a worksheet to end the instructional activity.
Pupils demonstrate how an actor might engage sensate reaction using 3 sets of stage props. They imagine and use as many sense reactions as they can to make the props become endowed with a reality. They use one table and chair to support the use of the props.
Students perform this warm up to get the actors in character with the characters they interacted with most and in one case two actors that never spoke directly to each other on stage.
Second graders study theatre by designing a play, studying actors, and work in partners to create a story to perform. In this theatre study instructional activity, 2nd graders discuss theatre as live theatre, television, film, and radio. Students act out their own Reader's Theatre. Students design and act out the entire play to perform for their class or parents.
Class members demonstrate their mastery of acting skills by rehearsing and performing a scene from a play. Actors perform as a character in an ensemble, a play, or duet. A detailed Acting Skills Rubric is provided.
Students examine the role Shakespeare and his works play in our culture. In this langauge arts instructional activity, students also examine what actors do when preparing for a role. Students engage in a game intended to build confidence then they move into analysis of a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Students investigate poetry by incorporating images into the words of a poem.  In this language arts instructional activity, students discuss poetry writing devices and self expression with their classmates.  Students create a film about the poem by giving each student a job such as storyboard artist, actor and set designer.
Second graders discuss the concept of a play and actors as compared to a story and characters. In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders read the play The Fisherman and his Wife and answer comprehension questions. Students write about a wish and discuss journals with the class.