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At the Improv. SIX drama speaking activities for the EFL/ESL Classroom

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Improv for EFL/ESL? Indeed! The six improvisation exercises detailed in this resource are intended to provide fluency practice and boost the confidence of all levels of language learners but can be used in drama classes as well.
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Fantastic Fairy Tale

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Learning about literature can be so much fun; it can also be made more accessible through projects and dramatic play. As they explore theme, character, and setting, the class gets creative and makes a dramatic recreation of a classic...
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"The Glorious Whitewasher" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain with Mini-Assessment

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence. Expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Eighth graders are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as...
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Latino Americans Share Their Experiences

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Three Latino Americans are the focus of an interactive that spotlights their accomplishments. Scholars get to know Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judy Reyes, and José Hernández through short informative text and videos. Participants read, take...
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Macbeth

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why do characters do what they do? Scholars use the resource to explore character motivation in Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. Additionally, they discover pictures, interviews, and videos from the Deutsche Bank production of the play. 
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Othello

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Emilia mocks Bianca, who is in a relationship with Cassio, who attacks Montano. Using the resource, learners explore profiles of the characters from Shakespeare's Othello. They also read a scene-by-scene synopsis and follow a weekly blog...
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Much Ado About Nothing

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Love, deception, witty bante—that's much ado about a lot!  As learners navigate the resource, they view an interactive character map and read character biographies from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Pupils also listen to...
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Musical Theater Performance

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Musical theater is a trifecta, requiring cast members to be actors, singers, and dancers. Help theater arts students develop these skills with a unit designed to prepare them for a staging of a musical.
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From Ben’s Pen to Our Lives

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What would Ben do? Jumping off from the pseudonymous letters Ben Franklin fooled his older brother into publishing when he was still a teenager, young literary lovers dive into acting, writing, and addressing a local issue with wit and...
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Developing Theater Literacy

For Students K - 12th Standards
The second activity in a five-activity theatre arts unit focuses on developing a grade level appropriate understanding of dramatic text elements, of theater history, and of the purposes of theater performance.
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Theater Making: Acting

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Theater comes alive for actors of all ages through the activities packed in a dynamic dramatic arts resource. Lessons for early elementary learners focus on creative play and improvisation. Middle school lessons focus on vocal and...
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From Start to Strike: A Lesson Plan for the Whole Theatre Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce young thespians to all aspects of the theater. A syllabus for a one-semester drama course provides lessons that take learners from the history of drama to the many facets of play production.
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Julius Caesar Teacher Pack

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A great actor has the ability to make or break a play. A series of lesson plans related to William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar looks closely at the choices actors make during a production of the play to help provide insight into the...
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Emergency Lesson Plans for Theatre Teachers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Emergencies happen. Be prepared. Have a script all set for an understudy in the form of an step-by-step lesson plan for the substitute for your drama classes. As part of a playwriting unit, class members reflect on the role playwrights...
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Julius Caesar Curriculum Guide

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
You needn't beware using Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in your classroom. You, too, can be valiant and let loose your young actor's creativity, guided by the suggestions in a curriculum guide so filled with a delightful mix of elements...
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Theater Lesson Plan

For Students 9th - 12th
How do actors so inhabit a role that viewers see that character and not the actor? Class members engage in a series of activities that ask them to observe the ways people move and speak and to consider how these external factors can be...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 11

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members take center stage as groups perform scenes from Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. Actors are encouraged to add stage directions to the script, as well as create costumes and props to...
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Theater Units for Lower and Upper Elementary Levels

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Introduce middle schoolers to playwriting and the elements of drama with a six-session storytelling unit that encourages kids to expand their acting and writing skills. The 12-page packet includes overviews of the lessons, assessment...
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Drama Warm Ups and Circle Games

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Circle games, energetic games, calming games, exit games. Whether used as ice breakers, warm ups, or exit strategies, or used in drama classes or content areas, the 28 games detailed in this packet deserve a spot in your curriculum library.
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Improv Exercises

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Here's an eight-page packet that describes 70 different improv activities to use as warm ups for drama classes. 
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Theater Lesson: Modify My Action

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars engage in a lesson that is about the meaning of a verb or adverb. They perform sketches with the subject matter of the words. The goal is for the actors to show the meaning of the verb or adverb with an action.
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Act it Out: Dramatizing Asian American Stories

For Teachers K - 12th
Read and act out folktales, fairy tales, or myths from various Asian American cultures with your class. Each group reads a story aloud and then works together to create a short play or skit about the story. Suggestions for stories are...
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Drama: A Warm-Up Routine

For Teachers 8th
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...
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The Box

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Learners of any age can participate in this imagination and improve development activity. With the use of a small box, they work through a series of questions or situations posed by the teacher. Each group uses the box to create short...
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Silent Movies: A Year 7 Scheme of Work

For Teachers 6th - 7th
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...
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Writing Pacing Charts

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
A week of word choice lessons is laid out here for your convenience! Learners focus on strong and weak verbs in several activities over five days. There are literature suggestions, and each day pupils complete a mini-lesson, workshop,...
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When Shall We Three Meet Again?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
  Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. Macbeth’s witches provide young actors an opportunity to try their hand at small ensemble acting. Using Act I, scene I of Shakespeare’s play, groups of three take turns...
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Characters in Live Performance

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your intermediate or advanced thespians choose dramatic scenes to perform in duos, small groups, or solo to demonstrate vocal and physical characterization. Use class time to prepare and rehearse. Detailed rubrics work for peer assessment.
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Taming of the Shrew: Updated, Translated, and Performed

For Students 9th - 12th
Make The Taming of the Shrew modern and relevant with this outline. Small groups can choose from a list of suggested scenes and update with modern language and settings before acting them out. Great questions refine writing and...
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Mirror Exercise

For Teachers K - 6th
Kids get up and act! To promote inventiveness, timing, and clowning, they pair up and act as though they are looking in a mirror. Child A does a move while child B attempts to mimic it as closely as possible. This is a fun activity that...
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Acting as a Pre-write Tool

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders use acting to help them in a prewriting activity to develop a story. In this prewriting lesson plan, 2nd graders form a character map and brainstorm ideas for their story.
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Creating Character

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers engage in a instructional activity that is about searching the attributes of characterization. They practice some of the basic moves involved in acting out a certain character while focusing upon basic skits like "the...
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Pantomime Exercise

For Teachers K - 6th
Learners of any age can learn to communicate using gestures and their bodies. They create a pantomime of a specific activity without using any words. This resource includes a link to an Off-Broadway Workshop for kids.
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Theatre: Exploratory Techniques

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Using various exploratory techniques, young actors work as an ensemble company to devise, perform and evaluate a piece of theatre for assessment. This outline provides an objective and a list of games and activities that stimulate skills...
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Lesson Plan 8: The Elements of Plot- Part Two

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Wait, Spongebob Squarepants in class? Choose this or another cartoon to begin this elements of plot lesson, demonstrating the climax and falling action of a storyline. Before playing the last part of the episode, ask them to watch for...
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Falling for Rapunzel: Dramatic Play

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
What a way to teach the parts of a play! Use Michelle Anthony’s adapted script of Falling for Rapunzel to demonstrate for your young readers the differences between stories and dramas. While no lesson plan is included, the script could...
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Introduction to Drama

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
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...
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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners create a visual display from a book. First, they read and analyze the book Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Next, they work in groups to create visual elements from the story. In addition, they write a beginning to their own...
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Lesson Plan for "Little Red Riding Hood"

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Grow young performers with storytelling. Elementary schoolers listen to the story "Little Red Riding Hood" by Mike Lockett, highlighting dialogue as they listen, and then act out the story. This is based on a story told by Mike Lockett...
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Tug of War Exercise

For Teachers K - 6th
Learners hone their acting and imagination by playing tug-o-war with an imaginary rope. Each group works together and pretends to pull the other group over the imaginary line with an imaginary rope. This could be a good improve warm up...
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Elements of Drama

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Introduce young actors to the key elements of performance with this handout that defines key staging terms and activities.
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Pantomime

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
There's no doubt that dramatic play and creative movement are both essential for a healthy early childhood education. Here is a lesson that promotes both. Youngsters think of activities and emotions. The words are written on pieces of...
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Drama: The New Friends

For Teachers 2nd
Reader's Theater is a great way to build fluency, intonation, and dramatic flare. The class reads the theater piece, "The New Friends" paying attention to how they express emotion and feeling as they read. They discuss the use of plot,...
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Seth Green: Sesame Moment

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Seth Green describes his favorite Sesame Street movements and describes how it kick started his interest in acting. You can use this video as a way to begin a discussion about using one’s imagination.
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Acting in Duo Scenes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice and demonstrate their assessment of acting in a scene from a play by reading, rehearsing, and performing a five to seven minute comedic scene. They express talents on tactics, characterization, room conflict, secrets,...
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Acting Skills

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Building Blocks of Acting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discuss the important building blocks of acting. With a partner, they are given scenerios for them to role play and then perform the scene in front of the class. To end the lesson plan, they focus on finding their voice and...
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Consumer Borrowing and Spending

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Credit can be confusing for teens, some of whom are already using credit cards. Clear up misconceptions with this group research activity which has a solid outline with a lot of room to adjust to your needs and resources. Groups are...
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Playing Chaucer's Pilgrims

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students dress like Chaucer's pilgrims in the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales and act out a skit revealing Chaucer's description of each pilgrim.
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Current Events Activity

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students investigate world news and create a performance from their research.  In this current events instructional activity, students identify major political or news stories in the media and create a performance based on a character...
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Movie Music

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students discover film making by participating in a music performance.  In this performance arts instructional activity, students perform music and physical acting to convey an already written script for their peers.  Students...
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Theatre: Persuasive Explorers

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students act like a famous explorer. In this explorer lesson, students research an explorer and act out persuasive arguments in which that explorer might be involved.
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Beginning Acting

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students are introduced to the techniques to proper acting. In groups, they practice creating their own characters based on a book they have recently read. To end the lesson, they role play the characters while trying to find their...
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Flirting! Actions Speak Louder Than Words

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students list physical movements that they observe when people flirt. They discuss other times people use physical movement to get what they want. Students view a video clip from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." They discuss hand movements...
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Teaching Acting Technique and Building a Character Through Cinema

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students review the style techniques related to the American Method Acting and practice using them in groups. Using various scenes from films, they try to recreate the scene using props. In groups, they discover the proper way to get...
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Relationship Role Plays

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils connect a scene from a play they are reading to events in their own lives. Working in male/female pairs, students act out a scene from "Hamlet." Pairs work to role play a scene as an extension of the one they have read, using...
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Comparing Four Processes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Lighting Design

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders read a script for play. They analyze the script to determine the requirements for lighting. From the investigation, 11th graders discuss and design the lighting for a play. As a class, they produce lighting...
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Puppet Show

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewIt's a play, it's a story, it's a puppet show! A lively resource provides academics with a creative outlet to express their views on diversity and social justice. Scholars are responsible for writing, creating, and performing a puppet...
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Act Up! Drama for Justice

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A lesson turns young historians into playwrights to understand and speak out against social injustice. Pupils work individually or in groups to write and perform monologues that deliver personal messages on social justice. Writers then...
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The American Musical

For Teachers 7th
General music students learn about the history of popular American music by creating and performing a one-act musical. After researching and creating an American Musical timeline, class members write a song with lyrics using Jam Studio,...
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Teaching Musical Theatre

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The 16 lessons in Teaching Musical Theatre: The Essential Handbook are designed to help actors enrolled in a theatre arts class develop the skills they need to be successful in musical theatre. Check out this sample lesson to see if you...
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Exploring Careers and Lifelong Learning

For Teachers K - 12th
Like an iceberg, the biggest part of a theatrical production is unseen. Like an iceberg, 90 percent of what goes on is behind the curtain, behind the lights. To find out what goes on behind the scenes, class members investigate the roles...
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Reader's Theatre

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Plays are meant to be performed! After reading the entire play, invite your learners to choose a scene from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead that relates to earlier class discussion about characters, motifs, and themes to interpret...
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Drama: Learn A Lesson from the Lion

For Teachers 1st
Reading is reading, whether it's for drama or English class. Boost reading fluency, accuracy, intonation, and comprehension while fostering creative acting skills. Kids read the provided tale of "The Lion and the Mouse" several times in...
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Explorers Project

For Teachers 5th
Delve into the Age of Exploration with a multiple-intelligences research project. Learners generate a rubric and worksheet to guide their studies and research one explorer. There is emphasis on research skills, citing sources,...
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My Titanic Interview

For Students 5th - 6th
In this Titanic interview worksheet, students conduct an interview with a hypothetical person who "survived" as a passenger on board the Titanic, ask them written questions and questions they create, and record the answers. Students...
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Storybook Theatre-Acting Out Children's Storybooks

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
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...
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Its All In The Delivery

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the concept of different words and how they are used in specific texts. They develop scripts based upon readings and then design props and costumes to act out the new text. Students read to one another using the...
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What Do You See?

For Teachers K - 1st
Students listen to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and then act out the events in the story. They demonstrate what a bear looks like, and discuss the different locomotor movements a bear would use. As they listen to the story, each student...
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Restaging Julius Ceasar

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students engage in a lesson looking at a major scene of a Shakespeare play. They assume the role play of being the director and apply problem solving skills in order to conduct the scene. Others must switch roles and take on the roles of...
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Lesson 1: Theatre Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers create and perform based on cuttings from various plays and literature to demonstrate the learning of the process of improvisation. Students connect improvisation with theatre and real life. High schoolers participate in a...
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Picture This!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners use their imagination and creativity to create an original, five-minute scene from a given picture. They create a beginning, middle, and end/conclusion to the skit. They develop their basic acting techniques.
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Jobs in the Musical Theater

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Much like an iceberg, the actors you see on stage are only a fraction of the number of people involved in a theatrical production. Introduce theatre arts students to the roles played by the behind-the-scenes- personnel with an worksheet...
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Human Body - Strength - Part 2/4

For Teachers 9th - 12th
When a hiker gets trapped under a one-and-a-half ton piece of sandstone, he is shockingly able to throw off the slab. Because we normally use only one-third of our muscle fibers at a time, the potential for more is available in...
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Pick a Playwright

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have your learners investigate playwrights. In order to prepare for the final PowerPoint, scholars do online research on a playwright and read a play written by this playwright, focusing in particular on one character in the play. When...
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Dramatic Play-Transportation

For Teachers Pre-K
Students participate in a role playing activity for the period of one week. They are using dramatic play to illustrate the purpose of the railroad and its relationship to transportation.
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Creative Drama and Improvisation

For Teachers 4th
Spend some time exploring various components of theater such as movement, voice, staging, ensemble, improvisation, characterization, directing, technical elements, and self-concept. They perform in various improvisation exercises and...
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Fresh Foods from Farm to Table

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Are you a good egg? Learners begin a farm-to-table lesson by acting out verbs in groups to demonstrate the egg production process, and then research the steps using online resources. Several excellent videos are linked through the...
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Satire Witch Project

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students examine the use of titles with video. They create a short horror film based on a classic work of literature or other subject area writing. Students use a single camera and a single shot. Using Adobe Premiere Elements, students...
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The Three Little Kittens

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students practice their performing arts by acting out a story in class. In this visual storytelling instructional activity, students read the story Three Little Kittens in class and discuss the actions of the story. Students read aloud...
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Movie Masquerade

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Young scholars become movie stars.  In this movie masquerade lesson, students dress as their favorite characters and make a movie. Young scholars perform a reading, special song or dance.  
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This Day In History

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders act out dramatic scenes in history. In this historical events lesson, 6th graders choose a historical event to write a skit for. Students then perform and video the scene.
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Why Koala Has A Stumpy Tail

For Teachers 1st
First graders read the story Why Koala Has A Stumpy Tail and complete language arts activities with it. Students have discussions, read, write, spell, and act out the story.
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The Mitten

For Teachers K - 1st
Students listen to the story The Mitten, and visit a website about the story's author. Students create masks of the animals from the story and present a play of the story.
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Cape and Squiggle

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students investigate performing arts by recreating moments from an actual play.  In this spatial lesson, students practice using shadow puppets to create a performance they can share with their classmates.  Students create a superhero...
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Billy Brown and The Belly Button Beastie

For Teachers Pre-K
Students read the book Billy Brown and The Belly Button Beastie and complete a variety of activities related to the book. For this reading lesson plan, students complete activities including discovering body parts, bubbles, retelling,...
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Opera

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Opera worksheet, students explore the history of opera and identify examples of a recitative. After reading a short conversation between two people, students create their own recitative. They write their own introduction to a...
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Quick As A Cricket

For Teachers K - 1st
Young scholars engage in a lesson plan that is concerned with the concept of reading a story and then they reenact it while performing a pantomime. They answer questions related to the reading and then children move throughout the class...
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Movie Masquerade

For Teachers K
Students dress as their favorite book or movie character in order to make a movie. They design a movie poster and tickets for their performance. They prepare a skit, poem or song for their performance. They practice video-taping their...
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Reader's Theater

For Teachers 1st
First graders imagine the house they live in. They think about the colors, materials, shape, size and location of their home. Students read and discuss the book "Houses." They perform this book as a Reader's Theater using a script.
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Stop Using Anabolic Steroids Skits

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers create skits that portray the negatives of using anabolic steroids. They prepare their skits in groups of 4 or 5 and practice for four days before presenting their skits to the class.
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Shakespeare in Parts

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine primary source manuscript fragments, discuss differences in performing a play without the entire script, and perform a scene from Twelfth Night with no preparation.
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JANE AND THE DRAGON

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders act out a play called Jane and the Dragon. Students develop vocabulary through dialogue. They delve into the feelings of others through learning about the characters. They also identify the characteristics of various types...
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Where and Who Am I?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders give and follow short sequences of oral directions by creating a role play in which some students are American tourists lost in a German city and some are city officials helping them to find their way.
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Skit Creators Against Drugs

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students create skits that encourage individuals not to consume drugs. They can use different types of materials in order to create props for the skits. They will present their skits with their groups to the entire class.