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Pick apart any play with this collection of questions. The 24 questions are grouped into categories by topic (genre, setting, characters, plot, etc.) and are clearly listed on two pages.
- Print this resource double-sided and give it to learners when working on any play; they can answer all the questions or choose one from each category
- Use this as your own teacher reference tool and draw questions from it as you guide your class though a complex drama
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, 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.
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.
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.
“So I’m going to have a copy of this play put in the cornerstone and the people a thousand years from now’ll know a few simple facts about us.” Our Town is used as the text in a Common Core exemplar that examines the dramatic and theatrical aspects of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama. Class members are challenged to examine how Wilder uses dialogue to develop meaning rather than lighting, props, and scenery. (“There’s some scenery for those who think they have to have scenery”).
Develop novice script-writers. Small groups sift through a sample script, noting any script-writing conventions to share with the whole class. Using these conventions and plot structures, these groups compose a script for a 10 minute excerpt of a television crime drama. Learners can either film their scripts or perform them in front of the class with props. They are assessed by peer evaluators. This resource is well-constructed and complete.
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.
Set this slideshow up at as an independent work station, or to provide your theater arts class with a look at the many manifestations of modern literary drama. Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and Arthur Miller are the focus of the text-driven presentation.
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.
Marketing, lighting, setting the stage, and a script. It sounds like we're going to be putting on a show! Your enthusiastic young actors research pop culture in all its facets, then set to work to write a polished script and perform an original piece depicting something to do with a pop star. This lesson includes a vocal and physical drama warm up and background information.
Fifth graders study drama. In this performing arts lesson plan, 5th graders understand what drama is by listening to various plays and performing some plays as well.
Fifth graders chart the elements of drama. In this performing arts lesson, 5th graders discuss the role of a playwrite, practice doing some Reader's Theatre scripts, write a paragraph about a problem between two people, and perform their paragraph.
Use drama to study and practice dialogue. Creative minds discuss what dialogue tells about a character, and how it can be used to advance the plot. They read a play, think about what they gleaned from dialogue, and record their observations in response logs. A nice way to connect the elements of literature and drama.
Seventh graders explore Shakespearean drama as they act out selected scenes. In this drama lesson, 7th graders read Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, summarize the readings, and then act our selected scenes.
Comedy, tragedy, act, scene, prop. do you want to review important drama terms? Actors record the term next to its definition on a learning exercise that could be used individually or as a group activity. A link to a corresponding PowerPoint presentation is provided.
In this The Crucible worksheet, young scholars use direct and indirect characterization to identify a character's main motivation, main conflict, and personality and how the character has affected the plot. After reading definitions and examples of direct and indirect characterization, students complete a graphic organizer to gather information on the main characters of Act One.
Students listen to a read aloud of a storybook focusing the characters and story elements. They decide how to act out the story by deciding on appropriate voices and actions for the characters. They determine lines that would be spoken by the characters, and act out the story showing its beginning, middle, and end.
Students are introduced to the most common processes used in drama. In groups, they compare and contrast the processes of directing, acting, playwriting and improvising. They present their material in a chart and discuss them as a class to end the lesson.
Even an outline can give you enough information to execute an awsome project. The tasks for each of the seven weeks of this project are defined, as well as the objective and specific content facilitated through the project. Learners will study silent film, aspects of drama, and script writing, then they create a silent film of their own. They also make props, a movie poster, placards, music, and costumes for a real film experience.