Quarter 1: Week 1: Theater 1 (Periods 2, 4, 6)

TeacherDarlene Stewart
Subject AreaTheatre
Grade Level6th, 7th and 8th Grade
Week #Week 1: August 13-17, 2018
Unit of InstructionWelcome to Drama/Getting to Know You
Standard(s) Taught

Big Idea: Skills, Techniques and Processes: 

Enduring Understanding 1 TH.68.S.1 : The arts are inherently experiential and actively engage learners in the processes of creating, interpreting, and responding to art.

TH.68.S.1.1: Describe the responsibilities of audience members, to the actors and each other, at live and recorded performance and demonstrate appropriate behavior.

Enduring Understanding 2 TH.68.S.2 : Development of skills, techniques, and processes in the arts strengthens our ability to remember, focus on, process, and sequence information.

TH.68.S.2.1: Discuss the value of collaboration in theatre and work together to create a theatrical production.

Enduring Understanding 3 TH.68.S.3 : Through purposeful practice, artists learn to manage, master, and refine simple, then complex, skills and techniques.

TH.68.S.3.1: Develop Characterizations using basic acting skills appropriate for selected dramatizations. 



Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will begin to establish a cohesive collaboration with their classmates in Drama.

Students will understand and demonstrate proper audience behavior.

Students will begin to create simple characterizations using basic acting skills.

Classroom Activities


  1. Student Survey in lieu of Journal entry (Bell ringer)
  2. Review of Procedures in the Drama Classroom
  3. Creation of Personal Mandala
  4. Activity using Personal Mandalas
  5. Large Group Game: Ensemble
  6. Exit Ticket: One Question you have for Mrs. Stewart


  1. Journal Entry: Using a quote posted around the Drama classroom, describe in detail how that quote fits Theatrical work/Drama activities.
  2. Review Procedures in the Drama Classroom
  3. Small Group Activity–Chosen Consequences AND Chosen Rewards
  4. Large Group Game: Ensemble
  5. Exit Ticket: Likes/Dislikes


  1. Journal Entry: In the Drama Classroom, how does audience behavior contribute to OR distract from the actor’s work.
  2. Review Procedures in the Drama Classroom
  3. Small Group Activity: Simple Pantomime
  4. Discussion: “Clear Pantomime: How to achieve it.”
  5. Large Group Game: Ensemble
  6. Exit Ticket: Ensemble-How do we achieve it?
Assignments Due

Monday/Tuesday: Student Survey; Personal Mandala; Exit Ticket

Wednesday: Journal Entry; Exit Ticket

Thursday/Friday: Journal Entry; Small Group Pantomime Performance, Exit Ticket

Additional Resources

NOTE: Journal Entries and Exit Tickets go toward the overall Class Participation Grade. If those items are not completed in class it will negatively effect the student’s grade. Likewise participation in all Large and Small Group activities goes toward overall Class Participation Grade. These are Formative activities that count 40 % toward the Theater grade. If a student does not finish their Journal Entry or Exit Ticket in class, they may take it home to finish and turn in during the next theater class. If a student needs extra assistance with a Journal Entry or Exit Ticket, please talk to Mrs. Stewart for alternative assignments.

NOTE: Graded performances generally are Summative grades and will count 60% toward the overall Theater grade. Performances are important in the Drama classroom, but Alternative assignments are available if needed.