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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.
Second graders prepare a performance. For this drama lesson, 2nd graders use design components such as staging, costuming, scenery building, and lighting to prepare for a classroom performance.
Second graders explore the use of properties or props during a production. After analyzing a short script, they identify important elements in the story. In groups, they design backdrops, properties, lighting and costumes.
Students investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. Students design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
Ninth graders participate in improvisations, script analysis, writing, and creating written scenes. They identify language arts writing terms and identify them in a short story. Students use structural tools for dramatic scripts needed to build conflict and believable plots. The finished work will be 8 to 15 pages in length.
Students review the elements of the short story, create a script and storyboard based on a short story. They create a video of the story to present during a class film festival using both the Internet and software programs.
Students examine how the change in music reflected the cultural revolution of the 1920s. They compare/contrast music from the turn of the century and the Jazz Age, and in small groups write and produce a short radio show that demonstrates 1920s culture.
Learners engage in a long term unit concerning world theatre history. They use guided questions in order to conduct research to cover the history of theatre in different time periods. During the class the teacher lectures and the students take notes to add to internet research.
Eleventh graders identify and analyze the differences between the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. In small groups they conduct research and create a scene from a movie that focuses on the Korean or Vietnam War. Students view and evaluate the movie scenes for each group.
Second graders identify, explore and participate in various theatrical styles to present or communicate ideas, messages or feelings associated with Ohio history or various other cultures. This may include short skits, puppetry, pantomime, improvisations, or storytelling.
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 explain how individual elements (e.g., plot, theme, character, conflict, etc.) comprise the structure of a play. They write an original one-act play with developed characters, specific setting, conflict, and resolution.
Students practice and demonstrate their abilities to perform Shakespeare by choosing a performance piece. They prepare the piece through translation and scoring, blocking the piece and performing a Shakespeare monologue or scene.
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.
Eighth graders read, The Diary of Anne Frank, in play form, and discuss the effects of Nazism and Hitler and his prejudice towards the Jewish population. They write essays from various points of view, and analyze levels of tolerance and acceptance.
Students examine a theatrical performance of Waiting for Godot. In this theatrical analysis lesson plan, students discuss the topic of existentialism and the Theatre of the Absurd. This lesson plan includes multiple activities to engage students in.
Second graders study theatrical styles and messages associated with Ohio history. In this theatre study lesson, 2nd graders study the various forms of drama and theatre. Students work in groups to study a type of performance and then act out a scene using that form. Students then select a performance for the entire class to take part in and give the performance.
Eighth graders determine the elements of a script inductively by first comparing dramatic dialogue to prose, then by comparing two samples of dramatic dialogue, and finally by completing an unfinished "Drama Rulebook."