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Character Expression Using the Three Little Pigs

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Author: Casaundra Taylor
System:Huntsville City
School:Academy For Academics & Arts
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1809
Title:
Character Expression Using the Three Little Pigs
Digital Tool/Resource:
 
Web Address – URL:
Not Applicable
Overview:

Students will use the character lineup strategy in collaborative groups to retell the story of the Three Little Pigs. Each group will be assigned a different character or emotion and then compare the differences between each group. Students will use five elements to express their character or emotion.

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: K
3 ) With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story. [RL.K.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.K.3- With prompting and support, identify characters and setting in a story.


Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: K
Theatre
6) Identify characters and setting in dramatic play or a guided drama experience.
Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Performing
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Process Components: Select
Essential Questions:
EU: Theatre artists make strong choices to effectively convey meaning.
EQ: Why are strong choices essential to interpreting a drama or theatre piece?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
Research
  • Videos
Analysis
  • Real
  • Imaginary
Voice
Movement
  • Puppetry
Characterization
  • Gesture
Directing
Design
  • Sets
  • Props
Theatrical production
  • Rehearse
Skill Examples:
  • Brainstorm ideas for artistic works for presentations by examining the characters who students find most relatable.
  • Compare characters seen in a chosen artistic work to a certain animal. Ask what animal that character resembles. Students should be able to articulate this characterization to the best of their ability.
  • Identify the setting for a chosen artistic work (coloring sheets, games, matching, etc.).
  • Identify the characters for a chosen artistic work (coloring sheets, games, matching costume to character, etc.).
  • Discuss the importance of speaking loudly and clearly when performing.
  • Refine artistic techniques by experimenting with color choices, costume choices, and lighting choices in a chosen artistic work.
  • Explore and articulate information about characters for a chosen artistic work, focusing on the importance of voice and sound.
  • Collaborate to determine how characters should speak in the artistic work by improvising dialogue and the specific traits of various characters' voices (i.e., pitch, speed, volume).
  • Participate in vocal exploration (perhaps by using vocal exercises and theater games) in improvised or scripted dramatic/ theatrical work.
  • Use learned vocal and sound techniques to perform a chosen work.
  • View a performance and articulate the differences between participating as an artist and participating as an audience member. (The teacher should ask questions such as: As an artist, how do you think the audience should act? As an audience member, what do you want from the artist?)
  • Students observe or participate in a dramatic/ theatrical work with appropriate behavior (e.g., applauding, remaining attentive, avoiding distracting behaviors, etc.).
  • Make design choices to support a improvised or scripted work.
  • Make technical choices to support a improvised or scripted work.
Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to retell the story of The Three Little Pigs using facial expression, body alignment, movement, energy, and gestures.  

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:
After reading The Three Little Pigs, use the character lineup strategy to retell the story with movement. Character Lineup is best done in small groups of three or four students. Students can dig into a character and express emotions. Students can express emotions such as anger, joy, sadness, disgust, and fear. Each group will have a different character or emotion and then compare the differences between each group. Students will use all five elements to express their character or emotion.

1. Facial expression

2. Body alignment

3. Movement style

4. Energy level

5. Signature gesture

Using the story of The Three Little Pigs, I would have four groups. One group is the wolf, one group is the pig who built a house of hay, one group is the pig who built a house of sticks, and the last group is the pig who built his house of bricks. 

Assessment Strategies:

Students will perform and teacher will observe and write anecdotal notes. 

Did the students work with the members in their group?

Did the students use facial expression?

Did the students use movement?

What was the energy of the group?

Did the students have a deep understanding of the story of The Three Little Pigs?


Advanced Preparation:

Read The Three Little Pigs or listen to a read-aloud video. 

The Classic Three Little Pigs by James Marshall read aloud video 

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka read aloud video

Be familiar with the character lineup strategy. 

Variation Tips (optional):

Students could continue their study of The Three Little Pigs by participating in a STEAM lesson where they have to build one of the pigs homes and try to blow it down. 

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
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