Theater Lesson Plan

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 used to represent internal qualities. Pairs then incorporate what they have learned into One Work Scene Improvisations.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the lesson by reading to the class the passage from Of Mice and Men that introduces Lenny Small; ask a class member to act out the description before showing the same scene from one of the film versions of the tale
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for a beginning theatre arts or drama class, but appropriate for any drama unit in a language arts class
  • The eight-page packet includes a detailed plan, a rubric for the performance, and a link to information on assistive technology
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