Quarter 1: Week 1: Theater 2/3 (Periods 1 & 5)

TeacherDarlene Stewart
Subject AreaTheatre
Grade Level7th and 8th
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 focus on Ensemble activities to build a proper class ensemble.

Students will perform a pantomime project focusing on Characterization.

Students will communicate with classmates in an appropriate manner.

Classroom Activities


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


  1. “Journal Entry”: With a small group: Find a quote posted around the Drama classroom, Present in detail how that quote fits Theatrical work/Drama activities–Discussion following all presentations. 
  2. Warm up activity: Student led
  3. Review Procedures in the Drama Classroom
  4. Small Group Activity–Chosen Consequences AND Chosen Rewards
  5. Large Group Game: Ensemble
  6. Assign Partner Pantomime Activity
  7. Exit Ticket: Likes/Dislikes


  1. Warm-Up Activity: Student led
  2. Review Procedures in the Drama Classroom
  3. Partner Activity: Simple Pantomime that tells a story.
  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-discussion; Exit Ticket

Thursday/Friday: Partner Pantomime Performance, Exit Ticket

Additional Resources

NOTE: Journal Entries/discussion, Exit Tickets and warm up activities 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 in class written assignments such as Journal Entry or Exit Ticket, they may take it home to finish and turn in during the next theater class. If a student needs extra assistance, 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.