Sample Lesson Plan

SPEECH AND DRAMA SAMPLE LESSON PLAN:

(Grades 7-12)

Bradley Dean Whyte

DAY ONE:

WHAT IS ACTING?

1)   Physical Warm-ups:  10 minutes

 -Isolating body parts in circles, quick vocal warm-ups, the Reaching exercise.

 

2) Improv Game: Zip, Zab, Zub. 10 minutes

 Question:  What does this game have in common with theatre?  What does it require of you?

Discuss:  focus on partner, speaking clearly, eye contact, urgency, goal, circumstances, doing vs. being, not abandoning your partner, the nature of competition

3) Being/Demonstrating Versus Doing: 20 minutes

 -Invite volunteers to attempt

to be “brave”

to be “charming”

to be “paranoid”

to be “in love”

to be “disappointed”. Etc.

Question: How truthful or interesting are these demonstrations? What is lacking?

Discuss: the adjectives and judgments occur in the audience’s imagination… the actor does not judge…

4) Changing Adjectives to Verbs (States of Being into Playing Action):  20 minutes

 -Convert bravery into a brave action:  pretend the room is one fire, you have thirty seconds to save everyone in here, what do you do?  Do it now!

-And so on with the others

 

5) Filler: If there is time: The Flying exercise.

-Request a volunteer to fly… literally fly.

Question: Why would we attempt to do something we know we can’t do?

Discuss: All actors play to win and believe they can, even when they play characters that lose.

*6) Question to Ponder: Where does the word “theatre” come from?   What is its origin and what does it mean? Go find out for next class.

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