The Mirror Lesson: Building Concentration
Objective: students practice concentration and observation while work together with other actors.
Students have fun following the movements of a partner in this very traditional exercise called The Mirror. With this lesson, they move deeper into the use of C.I.T.I. (concentration, imagination, transformation, and imitation) in drama (part of the second grade objectives). Students also gain experience in planning and practicing a drama as the traditional Mirror exercise morphs into a story called The Caveman for partners to act out: download both the exercise and the story to complete the lesson materials. This lesson can be repeated many times, and you will see the concentration deepen. Want to spice it up? There are a variety of different mirror exercises in our list of activities that will provide days of enjoyment and learning. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.
To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. 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. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Second Grade Curriculum.