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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.
Students write a dramatic scene based on The Odyssey and perform it for the class. In this living literature lesson, students work in small groups to discuss the way the characters look, act, and sound. They then choose scenery and props, and write stage directions and dialogue for an Odyssey based skit they will perform.
Exhibit this optically pleasing, and truly educational PowerPoint on Macbeth if you are in need of a set of enlightening themes, information on Shakespeare, the Globe Theater, and the basics of acting and stage direction. Some slides need modifications because the information is literally falling off of the screen and is cut off from student absorption when in presentation mode.
How does reading a drama differ from reading a novel? Middle schoolers become playwrights and explore these differences. After viewing the A&E movie,"The Crossing," groups create stage directions, write dialogue, and design sets and costumes to dramatize George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware. Referenced play, worksheets, video, and handbook are not included.
Students practice and demonstrate an assessment of acting skills by performing a duo scene. They incorporate stage directions, objectives and tactics, character development, physicality, vocal use and variety with stage pictures. Each duo portrays and sustains a character and brings that character to life.
Students investigate information about the leaders of Rome. In this ancient Rome activity, students research Roman warfare and military leaders in order to write and present their own one-act plays based on Scipio, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Augustus as well as others.
Students explore storytelling by participating in a creative writing activity. In this play writing lesson, students read a popular short story in class and analyze the settings, characters and plot. Students transcribe the story into a stage play using dialogue and stage directions.