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Stage direction is important to know for all people involved in a production. Watch this video to learn all of the different directions.
Students examine and discuss stage directions, stage area layout, and body positions. They complete a stage directions and body positions worksheet, and draw the body positions for each stage area layout.
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.
High schoolers work in teams of two to introduce stage directions/ blocking into a basic dialog using the program Hollywood High.
Students review different film versions of the play, Hamlet, and compare what was presented to the actual stage directions given in the original Shakespearean version.
Students, in groups, describe the stage picture. They are to describe the positioning on the stage.
Pupils rehearse a scene from Julius Caesar and analyze how the physical aspects of stage direction impact the audience. In this Julius Caesar lesson plan, students use blood in the scene and analyze the direction and where the blood is coming from as a way to impact the scene.
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.
Ninth graders explore The Miracle Worker. In this literature lesson, 9th graders review the elements of drama and discuss the main characters. In groups, students create descriptions of the characters' personalities and find examples in the story.  Students discuss the importance of stage directions in plays.
Students write a dramatic scene based on The Odyssey and perform it for the class. In this living literature lesson plan, 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.
Third graders identify features of playscripts such as stage directions, characters' names, etc. creating a class checklist. They take a picture walk through the book to make a prediction of what will happen and identify the theme.
Young scholars perform various scenes from the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. They examine and discuss the text and stage directions, then perform their scenes in small groups for the class.
Sixth graders brainstorm various types of friendships prior to reading "Tezen," a tale about a young girl's friendship with a fish. After writing story reviews, they work in small groups to create dramatic skits based on the text and personal experiences. They present and videotape their performances at the end of this 6-8 week lesson.
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.
Learners read a scene from Hamlet, without stage directions. They recreate the scene using their own stage directions as they see fit for the scene.
Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act II, Scenes I and II) lacks explicit details of the murder of King Duncan, yet the author creates an atmosphere that allows us to visualize the event. Readers interpret the "Dagger Speech" by writing stage directions to accompany it based on the text. (Adapt the worksheet included to make a printable format.) Have groups trade stage directions and act out what others devised. Rigorous, and fun inference practice. Link to a healthy list of reading log prompts.
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. 
Students explore the use of floor paths on the stage. In this floor paths lesson, students evaluate choreography for use of the floor space on the stage. Students design a short choreography piece that exhibits an understanding of space on the stage.
Compile a promptbook with your young theater designers using a scene from Taming of the Shrew. The lesson outlines several activities, though it doesn't provide any examples of a promptbook or text from the play. Additionally, it suggests evaluation questions, as well as a reflection statement.
Learners create and perform a scene for play using a common fairy tale for the story line. They view and discuss a video on careers in stage and radio to identify the roles and responsibilities for each of their group members.

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