Title: Keep Talking!
This activity energizes students and enables students to practice listening and speaking. Students will use improvisational skills to speak on any given topic for one minute without stopping. This activity will enhance students' ability to think quickly on their feet, improve their social skills, and prepare them for play script writing
Standard(s): [AED] TH (5) 5: Analyze a dramatic performance to identify its intended personal emotional response.
Title: Get Yourself in Order!
Students identify events that form a sequence and demonstrate this by showing the steps in a common task. The students will improvise in front of their peers who will attempt to identify the tasks they are improvising. Students will use personal experience and imagination to perform their improvisations.
Standard(s): [AED] TH (5) 4: Compare theatrical characteristics of pantomime, improvisation, and scripted drama.
Title: Writing a Movie: Summarizing and Rereading a Film Script
Lights! Camera! Action! In this lesson, students view a scene with no dialogue from E.T., write a script for that scene, and perform a dramatic reading while the scene plays.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 36: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes. [SL.5.5]
Title: Composing Cinquain Poems with Basic Parts of Speech
Reinforce student understanding of parts of speech through the analysis of sample cinquain poems followed by the creation of original cinquains.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (4) 5: Explain major differences among poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text. [RL.4.5]
Title: Get the Reel Scoop: Comparing Books to Movies
Students compare a book to its film adaptation, and then perform readers theater of a scene from the book that they feel was not well represented in the movie version.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (3) 8: Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series). [RL.3.9]