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Stage Directions Lesson Plan
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.
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.
Enter Ophelia: Stage Directions, Promptbooks, and Film
Learners review different film versions of the play, Hamlet, and compare what was presented to the actual stage directions given in the original Shakespearean version.
Stage Movement/ Blocking
Students work in teams of two to introduce stage directions/ blocking into a basic dialog using the program Hollywood High.
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.
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.
Introduction to Stage Directions
Students, in groups, describe the stage picture. They are to describe the positioning on the stage.
"Such Affection Move": Finding Staging Clues in A Midsummer Night's Dream
High schoolers 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.
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.
Learners evaluate different types of reality television programming in "focus groups" and then submit their opinions on this type of programming to a television network.
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.
Careers on Stage And Air
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.
Act It Out!
Students create a skit. In this role-play activity, students create a skit to increase reading comprehension for A Raisin in the Sun. Students write an original scene to demonstrate comprehension of the novel and perform the skit for the class.
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.
For this writing worksheet, students investigate how a play script is written by reading a sample play in proper format. Students learn how to indicate stage directions and how to tell who is speaking. Students answer 3 questions.
The Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Students act out a drama in this lesson on one aspect of the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium. They are to follow all stage directions precisely and give it their best effort to get across the main points of the play.
Faust, Parts One and Two Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Faust. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
High schoolers read a novel as a class and discuss the ending. In groups, they rewrite the ending to the novel into a drama skit making the plot different as well. They develop and answer five questions about the changes they made and offer a new theme for the story.
Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire
Twelfth graders examine all the descriptions of costumes, props, movement, lighting and music in the stage directions of A Streetcar Named Desire. They begin to imagine this drama as a production, not simply a script. Students perform certain portions of the play in front of their peers.