Quarter 3: Week 1–Drama 1 & 2

TeacherDarlene Stewart
Subject AreaDrama
Grade Level6th, 7th and 8th grade
Week #Week 1: January 8-12, 2018
Unit of InstructionTen Rules of Improvisation
Standard(s) Taught
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will focus on the first three rules of Improvisation:

  1. Say “Yes….and”
  2. Follow “And” with more information
  3. Don’t Deny, Say No or Block a scene.


Classroom Activities

Monday/Tuesday: Journal entry on rules of improvisation; review 10 rules of improvisation; create a scene focusing on the first 3 rules ( Say Yes and ….; Follow and with more info; and Don’t deny/say no or block the scene), verbal critique on scenes; End game: Signals

Wednesday: Random selection of Theater History groups; End game: Signals

Thursday/Friday: Create an Improvisation scene using the Ivy Hawn Way, Show scene, Written critiques of scenes; Create an improvisation scene called “A Day in the life of_________”, Show scene, verbal critiques. 

Assignments Due

Monday/Tuesday: 1/2 page written journal entry selecting one of the rules of improvisation and explaining it in student’s own words. Examples of how to use the rule should be given in the entry. 

Thursday/Friday: Written Critique of improvisation scenes shown in class. Section 1: what did you like about the scenes and why? Section 2: what needed improvement about the scenes and Why? Section 3: Sum up what your thoughts are in regards to these improvisations.


Additional Resources

Many Improvisation web sites list different rules, but these are the ten rules of improvisation that we are going to focus on in Drama Class:

10 rules of Improvisation—

  1. Say “Yes” and….
  2. Follow and with more information
  3. Don’t block/Deny or say “NO”
  4. Avoid Questions
  5. Focus on the here and now
  6. Establish the location
  7. Be specific—add details
  8. You don’t have to be funny
  9. You can’t look good unless you make your partner look good.
  10. Tell a story