Writing Story, Transformation, Imitation: Humpty Dumpty Lesson

Writing Story, Transformation, Imitation: Humpty Dumpty Lesson Building off the classic tale of “Humpty Dumpty,” this lesson allows students in grades K-2 to use their imaginations to put their own spin on the story. Starting out with warm-up activity to help students practice transformation and imitation skills, this lesson culminates in students working together as a … Read more

Two Character Dialogue Lesson

Two Character Dialogue Lesson Are your students ready to create their own scenes? Building upon our One Person Monologue Lesson, this lesson guides students through collaborating with their peers to create their own original dialogues. Students can continue to work on playwriting, directing and performance skills, while learning how to give constructive feedback to their … Read more

Tableau Stories Lesson

Tableau Stories Lesson Objectives: Students use movement choices to tell stories without words. Students demonstrate supportive audience behavior. This lesson builds on the skills students learned in “Creating Tableaux” by introducing how tableaux can tell stories. After an individual warm up, students create frozen pictures in small groups and present them to the class. Students … Read more

Pictures in Air / Imaginary Land / Jack & Jill Lesson

Pictures in Air / Imaginary Land / Jack & Jill Lesson Objective: students use the three tools (body, mind, voice) in drama. Following the Snowman lesson, use this collection of simple activities and familiar nursery rhyme to continue building skills in the Kindergarten Curriculum.  The group will also model positive non-distracting behaviors as an audience … Read more

The Snowman Lesson

The Snowman Lesson Objective: students use the three tools (body, mind, voice) in drama. This lesson dovetails in nicely with typical winter theme and related classroom activities.  Students will hear the Snowman story (included) and act out the snowman’s quest using the drama tools (part of the kindergarten objectives).   They will work both alone and … Read more

The Apple Lesson

The Apple Lesson

The Apple Lesson: Learning to be an Audience Objective: students compare the impact supportive and unsupportive audience behaviors have on a drama. Students are unaware of the impact their audience behaviors have on classmates who are performing. This lesson focuses on the audience’s role in a drama. It is based around the original story The … Read more

Haunted House Lesson

haunted house lesson

Haunted House Lesson: Audience Impact Objective: Students will learn how an audience impacts performance. This lesson for fourth grade students focuses on the impact of audience responses on performances. The lesson is designed around the story of the same name – download it before you begin. The fourth grade objective addressed in this lesson is analyzing and understanding audience … Read more

Ghost Who Couldn’t Scare Lesson

Ghost Who Couldn't Scare Lesson

Ghost Who Couldn’t Scare Lesson: Audience Behaviors Objective: students analyze how audiences or viewers make drama better. This story about a ghost who wants to learn to scare people focuses on friendship and the unpleasantness of being a bully.   Students discuss audience behaviors that support live presentations and how respectfully responding to the work of … Read more

The Sacred Scarab Lesson – Review & Assess

The Sacred Scarab Lesson: Review & Assess  Overview: the students review how all the tools and skills they learned fit together to create a drama.  Objectives:  students demonstrate memorization skills; demonstrate interpersonal and collaborative skills; define story elements.  Reviewing skills previously learned are at the heart of this summative lesson: acting out a story with human characters, … Read more

The Circus Lesson: Introducing the Three P’s

The Circus Lesson: Introducing the Three P’s

The Circus Lesson: Introducing the Three P’s Overview: students demonstrate the skills necessary to create a good drama. Objectives:  students identify the importance of planning and practicing; discuss good audience behaviors; demonstrate use of the drama tools (mind, body, voice). Students create a variety of circus acts.  At first it doesn’t go so well because … Read more