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Elements of Drama: Vocabulary
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.
7th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts 108 Views 300 Downloads
Scripting a Crime Drama
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.
9th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 21 Views 71 Downloads
Analyzing Atmosphere: Macbeth Murder Scene and Dagger Speech
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.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 37 Downloads
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.
10th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 11 Downloads
ESL Network: Tezen, A Haitian Folktale
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.
6th Language Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
Writing Drama-Trying Your Hand at being a Playwright
Fifth graders chart the elements of drama. In this performing arts instructional activity, 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.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 8 Downloads
Following the Blood
Students 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.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
The Miracle Worker Lesson Plan 1 (9th Grade Day 31)
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.
9th Language Arts 9 Views 39 Downloads
The Russian Revolution
Students explore the Russian Revolution through dramatization. In this Russian Revolution lesson, students participate in drama workshops prior to writing and presenting one-act plays featuring figures of the revolution.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 35 Views 114 Downloads
Any prior knowledge your students have of Flat Stanley is activated and the events in the story are briefly summarized using narrative order headings. They are given parts for the play to read and practice reading and re-reading using techniques learned.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 21 Downloads
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.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 132 Downloads
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.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
Shakespearean Comedy on Film
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close critical analysis and to compare the play to its film version.
9th - 12th Language Arts 20 Views 81 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable