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Acting as a Pre-write Tool

Status: Active
Grades: 2
Concepts: Setting, Character Attributes, Beginning, Middle, End
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Active Freeze, Statue, Tableau, Emotion, Dialogue
Students generate and present ideas for the beginning of a narrative story. Students use a "Character Map" and make vocal and physical choices to explore character feelings, physical traits, and dialogue. The lesson culminates with students writing one sentence based on what was acted in the drama.

Acting from Inside a Memory

Status: Active
Grades: 3, 4
Concepts: Character, Setting, Action
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Pitch, Dialogue, Volume, Gesture, Timbre
Students act out a personal experience using voice and movement to develop setting, small action and dialogue in order to prompt descriptive storytelling. Individually students select a seed topic, step into the memory, use gesture, movement, and dialogue to explore that moment. Then transfer what they acted and audience feedback into their writing.

Building Original Narratives

Status: Active
Grades: 4
Concepts: Character, Action, Story Structure, Objective, Introduction, Conflict, Climax, Resolution
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Physical Choice, Vocal Choice
Students develop key events in a story and record them on the “Narrative Volcano” worksheet which shows the introduction, problems, climax, resolution, and conclusion. Then, students work in small groups to rehearse and present the events. The lesson culminates in students writing a narrative story incorporating descriptive words and phrases enacted in the drama. This lesson is part 1 of 2 and the other lesson title is “Creating Transitions.”

Character Attributes in Writing

Status: Active
Grades: 3
Concepts: Character Attributes
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Active Freeze, Statue, Movement, Physical Choice, Vocal Choice, Pitch, Volume
Students create specific attributes for a main character they will develop in a narrative story. Students make physical and vocal choices for characters to explore the concept of character attributes - how a character looks, moves, feels, and sounds. Then, students capture their main character's attributes using a writing prompt and a "Character Map." The lesson culminates with students blending voice and body to act out a specific moment and using that experience to write descriptive sentences for the beginning of a story. This lesson is part 2 of 4 and the other lesson titles are "Modify My Action," "The Set-Up: Creating Dramatic Introductions," and "Developing the Beginning, Middle, and End of a Story."

Character Objective and Action

Status: Active
Grades: 5
Concepts: Character, Action, Objective, Obstacle, Verbs/Action Words
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Physical Choice, Vocal Choice, Dialogue
Students learn the concepts of character objectives (what a character wants), and actions (what a character does to achieve their objective). Through a series of physical and vocal exercises students practice objectives and actions. Then students work with a partner to create a line of dialogue that conveys the meaning of a powerful verb combined with an objective. To close, students individually write lines of dialogue with actions and objectives. Designed to be taught in a sequence, this is lesson three of three: 1) The Super Expressive Body: Actions and Character, 2) The Emotional Voice, 3) Character Objective and Action.

Clues to a Character through Text

Status: Active
Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Concepts: Character Attributes
Core Disciplines: Theater, Reading
Skills and Techniques: Actor Neutral, Active Freeze, Statue, Movement, Blend Voice and Body, Emotion, Pitch, Volume
Students look for clues in a story to identify attributes for specific characters. Through a series of physical and vocal exercises, students practice the concept of character attributes - how a character looks, moves, and feels. Then, students read a story and use a "Character Map" to list all the attributes mentioned and inferred. The lesson culminates with students blending voice and body for a specific character in the story.

Comparing and Contrasting Characters

Status: Active
Grades: 3
Concepts: Character
Core Disciplines: Theater, Reading
Skills and Techniques: Pantomime
Students compare and contrast a character's attributes and actions with those of another character. Students use a "Compare and Contrast Diagram" to identify the differences and similarities, then pantomime actions for an audience.

Creating a Character

Status: Active
Grades: 2
Concepts: Action, Character Attributes, Verbs/Action Words, Descriptive Words
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Actor Neutral, Movement, Physical Choice, Vocal Choice, Pitch, Volume, Timbre, Body Shape
Students combine physical and vocal choices to understand and create characters. By creating characters with specific gestures, movements, actions, and vocal qualities including pitch, volume, and timbre, students develop vocabulary to inform their writing and how characters are created. Throughout the process, the class creates two lists for vivid verbs and descriptive words. Then students use the word list to combine voice and body in character presentations to the class. The lesson culminates with students writing two sentences that use two different verbs in context. Designed to be taught in a sequence, this is lesson three of three: 1) The Super Expressive Body: Using Actions, 2) The Super Expressive Voice: Speaking with emotion, 3) Creating a Character.

Creating Dialogue for Characters

Status: Active
Grades: 4
Concepts: Character, Action, Verbs/Action Words, Descriptive Words
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Physical Choice, Emotion, Vocal Choice, Dialogue, Facial Expression, Gesture, Body Shape
Students create dialogue that shows a character's given circumstances and emotions. To warm-up, students make physical choices to show that an imaginary ball has different qualities (heavy, sticky, hot). Then they work in pairs to identify two characters, a specific situation, and write a short scene with dialogue. Students used descriptive words to enhance their dialogue. Designed to be taught in a sequence, this is lesson three of three: 1) The Super Expressive Body: Character Attributes, 2) Exaggerated Voice, 3) Creating Dialogue for Characters.

Creating Expressive Animals

Status: Active
Grades: Kindergarten
Concepts: Character, Action, Descriptive Words, Characteristics, Behavior
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Physical Choice, Gesture, Body Shape
Students explore the characteristics and behaviors of animals and express them through their bodies and in writing. Students pretend they are animals then brainstorm the specific characteristics (how something looks, moves, feels) and behaviors (how something acts in the world and with others) of these animals. Using the vocabulary generated from the brainstorm, students put it all together and create a full representation of an expressive animal by using actions, movement, and gesture. The lesson culminates with students drawing a picture of themselves acting out an animal and giving it a descriptive title that includes the name of the animal and a behavioral quality. Designed to be taught in a sequence, this is lesson three of three: 1) The Super Expressive Body, 2) Finding Your Big Voice: Vocal Qualities, 3) Creating Expressive Animals.

Creating Transitions

Status: Active
Grades: 4
Concepts: Character, Setting, Action, Transition
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Improvisation, Movement, Physical Choice, Vocal Choice
Students learn about and identify types of transitions – chronological, spatial, ordinal, and characters. Students improvise different ways a transition can be solved, then transfer those ideas into writing. The lesson culminates with students writing transitional sentences for a previously written story. This lesson is part 2 of 2 and the other lesson title is “Building Original Narratives.”

Developing the Beginning, Middle and End of a Story

Status: Active
Grades: 3
Concepts: Setting, Action, Story Structure, Objective, Obstacle
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Active Freeze, Movement, Tableau, Physical Choice, Emotion, Vocal Choice, Dialogue
Students develop the beginning, middle and end of a story inspired by dramatized scenes. Using a writing prompt, students brainstorm elements found in each part of a story including objective, action, obstacle and conclusion. Students create a tableau with dialogue for each part, present their scene, and then incorporate descriptive words and phrases from the drama into their stories. This lesson is part 4 of 4 and the other lesson titles are “Modify My Action,” “Character Attributes in Writing,” and “The Set-Up: Creating Dramatic Introductions.”

Dramatic Outlines

Status: Active
Grades: 4, 5
Concepts: Character, Narrative, Action, Objective, Obstacle
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Actor Neutral, Active Freeze, Statue, Movement, Tableau, Physical Choice, Vocal Choice, Dialogue
Students use the “Somebody Wants But So” framework to generate a dramatic outline that culminates in a five paragraph story. Students explore characters, objectives, obstacles, and actions by dramatizing their outline scenes with tableau and dialogue. Then, students transfer what they have seen, heard, and acted into fully formed and descriptive stories. This lesson is part 2 of 3 and the other lesson titles are “Precise Vocabulary,” and “Staged Narratives.”

Exaggerated Poetry

Status: Active
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5
Concepts: Character
Core Disciplines: Theater
Skills and Techniques: Actor Neutral, Statue, Movement, Physical Choice, Blend Voice and Body, Emotion, Exaggeration, Vocal Choice
Students make strong physical and vocal choices to explore words and phrases. The lesson builds toward blending voice and body by creating statues of words, exaggerating those choices, adding movement, then incorporating voice to enhance physical expression. The lesson culminates in a performance of exaggerated poetry.

Exaggerated Voice

Status: Active
Grades: 4
Concepts: Verbs/Action Words, Adjectives, Nouns, Descriptive Words
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Statue, Movement, Physical Choice, Projection, Exaggeration, Vocal Choice
Students project and make strong physical and vocal choices to explore descriptive words. The lesson builds toward blending voice and body by creating statues of words, exaggerating those choices, adding movement, then incorporating voice to enhance physical expression. Students work in pairs to show their interpretations and write a sentence with verbs, nouns, and adjectives to describe the partners pose, voice, and movement. Designed to be taught in a sequence, this is lesson two of three: 1) The Super Expressive Body: Character Attributes, 2) Exaggerated Voice, 3) Creating Dialogue for Characters.

Exploring Uncommon Verbs

Status: Active
Grades: 5
Concepts: Action
Core Disciplines: Theater, Reading, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Pitch, Dialogue, Volume, Gesture, Timbre
Students deepen understanding of uncommon verbs through physical action and vocal expression. The lesson builds as students read a story, identify verbs, activate them through voice and body and transfer their understandings into writing sentences using the verbs they have enacted.

Expressive Animals with Voice

Status: Active
Grades: 1
Concepts: Character, Action, Descriptive Words, Characteristics, Behavior
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Physical Choice, Emotion, Vocal Choice, Pitch, Volume, Timbre, Body Shape
Students explore characteristics, behaviors, and emotions of animals and express them through body, voice, and writing. After making physical choices and vocal choices with pitch, volume, and timbre for animals, students reflect and record words on the word wall. Then students combine voice and body to present an animal character to the class. The lesson culminates with students drawing a picture of themselves acting out that animal and labeling it with vivid verbs that describe the actions and vocal qualities from the presentation. Designed to be taught in a sequence, this is lesson three of three: 1) The Super Expressive Body: Expressing Emotions, 2) The Super Expressive Voice: Emotional Attributes, 3) Expressive Animals with Voice.

Finding Your Big Voice

Status: Active
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5
Concepts: Vocal Center
Core Disciplines: Theater
Skills and Techniques: Projection
Students project from their body center to produce a loud, clear voice. The exploration begins by realigning the body and using the diaphragm to sustain sound, then speaking with a free, unstrained voice using words. The lesson culminates with students individually projecting a phrase of poetry in a large open space.

Finding Your Big Voice: Vocal Qualities

Status: Active
Grades: Kindergarten
Concepts: Character Attributes, Descriptive Words
Core Disciplines: Theater, Writing
Skills and Techniques: Projection, Pitch, Volume, Timbre, Vocal Quality
Students project from their body center to produce a loud, clear voice and speak with a range of vocal qualities. The exploration begins by humming to identify the diaphragm, or, body center. Then, students say their full name in front of the class in a loud, clear, unstrained voice. The lesson culminates with students saying a phrase while changing the quality of their voice by changing pitch (high/low), volume (loud/quiet), and quality (squeaky, gruff, etc). Throughout the lesson, students track words and descriptions on a word wall. Designed to be taught in a sequence, this is lesson two of three: 1) The Super Expressive Body, 2) Finding Your Big Voice: Vocal Qualities, 3) Creating Expressive Animals.

How Characters Get What They Want

Status: Active
Grades: Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Concepts: Character, Action, Objective
Core Disciplines: Theater, Reading
Skills and Techniques: Movement, Physical Choice, Vocal Choice
Students learn the concepts of character objectives - what a character wants, and actions - what a character does to achieve their objective. Through a series of physical and vocal exercises students practice objectives and actions, then apply those skills to performing a narrative text showing multiple actions a character can take to achieve their objective.

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