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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.
Students 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 explore the diversity of characters in popular television shows and movies, then investigate the backgrounds and careers of famous Hispanic actors.
In this actors word search puzzle, students identify names of famous actors, past and present. A word bank of 60 names is listed to assist the students in their search.
In this actors and characters worksheet, students write about the actors and characters in movies following a specific format for their sentences. Students write 2 sentences for 7 movies.
Eighth graders design a warm-up routine for performing artists. For this performing arts lesson, 8th graders devise a warm-up routine to be used to relax actors before a performance. They write and present a written script and a performance based on Popular Culture Popstar Idols.
Students create and perform excerpts from their specific "productions" of Poe's classic Tell Tale Heart.
For this President Ronald Reagan worksheet, students read a 2 page article on the President and then answer 6 questions with multiple choice answers.
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.
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 explore stock characters and pantomime. In this comic theater lesson, students examine an ancient Greek statuette depicting a comic actor and an ancient Roman lamp decorated with a comic mask. Students pantomime short scenes and create a comic theater mask.
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.
Pupils 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 lesson.
Young scholars 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.
Second graders study theatre by designing a play, studying actors, and work in partners to create a story to perform. In this theatre study lesson, 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.