Planning and Practicing: The Tightrope

Planning and Practicing: The Tightrope Lesson

Are your students planning and practicing pros yet? This lesson is a great way to encourage students in grades 6-8 to be more thorough in their planning and practicing process and hone their collaboration and cooperation skills.  This builds upon other planning and practicing lessons by including a special challenge for students: devise an original story about a group of tightrope walkers encountering an obstacle during their act!

Sixth Grade Journal: The Tightrope

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment.  A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.


Grade Level

  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Balance
  • Body
  • Body Gestures
  • Body-Level
  • Body-Shape
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Conflict
  • Cooperation
  • Ensemble
  • Listening
  • Movement
  • Partner Work
  • Planning
  • Playwriting
  • Practicing
  • Problem Solving
  • Solution
  • Teamwork
  • Vocal & Nonvocal Sounds
  • Voice
  • Voice Expression


  • Action
  • Conflict
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork


  • Open