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New to teaching drama? Don't worry. Here is a set of lessons to guide you through the first five days of class. Activities, rationale, discussion questions, and standards are all provided. You'll be able to introduce your kids to improv, collaborative learning, script writing, and the basics of acting.
Tenth graders explore how drama is used in media advertising. They brainstorm ideas related to media and advertising. They examine ads in small groups to deconstruct the ads' effectiveness. They discuss quotes about advertising and write in journals reflecting on ads and how they are used.
Introduce your young thespians to the elements of drama! Key vocabulary helps them through their first week of class. The presentation outlines parts of a script, stage direction, and strategies for reading a script. Tip: The strategies for script reading might be useful for struggling readers.
Before introducing your class to a play, discuss what a drama is, its structure, and some key elements. There are two main types of plays, tragedies and comedies. While the presentation focuses on identifying each type, consider offering some actual examples (Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, etc.). Practice opportunities are woven throughout the show to assess your class.
Students create a coat of arms in response to the acts of a play. This literature-response instructional activity can be adapted for use with any play read by the class. After reading the play, students learn the history of a coat of arms. Then, they create a coat of arms to symbolize the various acts in the play as well as its overall theme.
Introduce your class to drama! You cast each pupil as a different character from a story you have read. They are given a general outline of the scene, act out the scene multiple times, then discuss the weak and strong aspects of each rehearsal. Older classes can take this lesson a step further by analyzing theme through the characters' actions.
Students read "The Golden Ball" and discuss plot and story elements. In this drama lesson plan, students review script vs. story writing and presentation. Students take turns reading parts of the play and discuss, make paper crowns and evaluate their classmates performances.
A workshop on the teaching of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is here for you. It was designed with 6th graders in mind. The goal is to de-mystify Shakespeare by teaching it in language the 6th graders can understand. They get to act, play games, do translations, and are introduced to Shakespeare himself. An impressive series of plans!
Need a musical lesson for your drama or performing arts class? VH1 has put together a really neat lesson, in which learners use biographical information about Alicia Keys to write and perform a one-act musical related to her life. This lesson is well-developed, organized, and includes resource links.
Students develop confidence to face up to problems and fears in order to deal with them safely. They recognize that family and friends should care for each other. Students go through a series of activities that they interact with, reflect on and act out to understand how to support others. A quotation of the day/week is provided.
Why does Hamlet put “on this confusion,/Grating so harshly all his days of quiet/With turbulent and dangerous lunacy?” A series of videos models for viewers how to use close reading strategies to determine the theme of a play. Focusing on Act III, scene I, of Hamlet, the narrator of this segment explains how the theme of a drama can be determined “by analyzing the connection between dialogue and action.”
Shakespeare too confusing? Rewrite it! Small groups each take on one act of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, repurposing it into more modern language. They summarize the act as a group and then act out the basic play using created scripts, blocking, and costuming. Each group presents a slide show to explain their act and process before playing the recorded version. This is a fun way to get kids engaged in a sometimes-intimidating piece of literature, and could easily be rewarded by watching the 1996 film adaptation.
Spend some time exploring various components of theater such as movement, voice, staging, ensemble, improvisation, characterization, directing, technical elements, and self-concept. They perform in various improvisation exercises and experiment with characterization. Develop the literary applications of such activities by watching and interpreting video or live performances of drama.