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Second graders analyze a script for its story elements and study theatrical elements for the script. In this script analysis lesson, 2nd graders complete a pre-assessment for their knowledge base of script and story elements. Students then discuss the elements for the script and complete a post assessment of scripts.
Second graders read and analyze a script to determine the characters, setting and main idea. After breaking up into smaller groups and reading a given section of the script, students use their analysis of the script to help determine possible production decisions such as costuming, set pieces and character development.
Students demonstrate their directing skills by directing a one-act play of their choice. They demonstrate their understanding of production management by designing and discussing production elements. They demonstrate their knowledge of rehearsal management by creating a rehearsal schedule and basic blocking for their play
Students demonstrate their creative abilities by developing a director's book. They create a directors book for a one-act previously chosen. After pitching their ideas, 4 or 5 one-acts are chosen for actual performance. These are student directed and acted in by other students in the class.
High schoolers investigate poetry by incorporating images into the words of a poem. In this language arts lesson, students discuss poetry writing devices and self expression with their classmates. High schoolers create a film about the poem by giving each student a job such as storyboard artist, actor and set designer.
Define nonverbal communication and view "The Shakespeare Sessions" for examples of nonverbal communication. Groups read through the dialogue of a scene and assign appropriate gestures, movements, and mannerisms to events and characters. Use this lesson plan to explore the purpose and effects of dialogue.