Quarter 3: Theatre 1; Week 1 AND Week 2(Periods 2, 4, & 6)

Theatre History Timeline link

Theatre History Overview

 

TeacherDarlene Stewart
Subject AreaIntro to Theater
Grade Level6th, 7th, & 8th
Week #Week 1: January 7-11, 2019 AND Week 2: January 14-18, 2019
Unit of InstructionIntroduction to Theater History, Improvisation, and Play writing from ART
Standard(s) Taught

Big Idea: Critical Thinking and Reflection: Enduring Understanding 1: Cognition and reflection are required to appreciate, interpret, and create with artistic intent. TH.68.C.1.6: Analyze selections from the canon of great world drama as a foundation for understanding the development of drama over time. 

Big Idea: Organizational Structure: Enduring Understanding 3: Every art form uses it’s own unique language, verbal and non-verbal, to document and communicate to the world. TH.68.O.3.2: Explore how theater and theatrical works have influenced various cultures. 

Big Idea: Historical and Global Connections: Enduring Understanding 1: Through study in the arts, we learn about and honor others and the worlds in which they live(d). TH. 68. H.1.4: Create a monologue or story that reflects one’s understanding of an event in a culture different from one’s own. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Monday/Tuesday: To Introduce Theater history to the beginning Theater student; To Gain an appreciation for the history of theater; To apply the lessons of history to the theater of today; AND To work together in a group.

Wednesday/Thursday: To introduce the 10 rules of improvisation and To work together in an improvisation format.

Fridays: To create a scene or monologue using Fine Art and To edit and refine scene or monologue using critiques of classmates.

Classroom Activities

Mon., Jan 7 and Tue., Jan 8

Theater Definition of the day: Vocabulary Challenge: Students will be given a popular phrase or saying of the theater. They must find out the background of that saying OR creatively make up their own version behind the meaning of the saying. First Challenge: The Green Room: Why is it called that? What is the history?

Journal Entry: Why is theater history important for the drama student? OR Why isn’t theatre history important for the drama student?

Warm-up:Follow the leader warm up: Students lead a physical warm up that classmates follow. Each student gets an idea to share. Once all have shown a warm up in some physical way, the game ends.

Activities: View video on overview of theater history; Provide information about 3rd quarter theater history project; View Time Line on Theater History; Choose what part of history each group is going to work on; Answer any questions and provide rubric for project.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Theater Definition of the day: Vocabulary Challenge: Students will be given a popular phrase or saying of the theater. They must find out the background of that saying OR creatively make up their own version behind the meaning of the saying. Answer to The Green Room

Journal Entry: “The thing about improvisation is that it’s not about what you say. It’s about listening to what other people say. It’s about what you hear.” ~Paul Merton~ What does this quote mean to you? Why do you say that?

Activities:

  1. Pretest for ten rules of improvisation
  2. Review Ten rules of improvisation
  3. Scare off the Bench: One student “owns” the bench. The next student tries using pantomime to scare the owner off the bench. Student may not touch the other student and may not use violence to remove the original student. Also idea must be in pantomime.
  4. “A Day in the Life”: Students must plan a short scene based on the premise “a day in the life” of a certain character. For example, a day in the life of a cop….student show what happens.

Thursday, Jan 10 and Friday, Jan 11

Journal Entry: Using the piece of art displayed on the white board, write a scene or monologue using the characters in the painting. It must have a beginning, middle and an end. We will be sharing these journal entries.

Activities: Starting with the journal entries, students will join a group and will edit, refine, and add to the monologues and scenes written; Groups that are interested will share their theatrical piece; Critique of each piece shared; If times allows we will pick a new art piece and write a scene in the group selected using one line dialogue round robin activity.

Remaining Time will be used to begin Theater History Project #1: File Folder Project 

Monday, January 14 and Tuesday January 15

Theater Definition of the day: Vocabulary Challenge: Students will be given a popular phrase or saying of the theater. They must find out the background of that saying OR creatively make up their own version behind the meaning of the saying. Second Challenge: Break-a-Leg! Why do we say it? Where did it come from?

Journal Entry: “Theatre is the Art form of the present; it exists only in the present, and then it’s gone.” ~Simon McBurney~ What does this quote mean to you? How does it apply to the study of Theater History? 

Warm-up:Follow the leader warm up: Students lead a physical warm up that classmates follow. Each student gets an idea to share. Once all have shown a warm up in some physical way, the game ends.

Activities: View video on GREEK THEATRE; Review and answer questions about 3rd quarter theater history project; Time in Class to work on File Folder Project.

Wed., Jan 16

Theater Definition of the day: Vocabulary Challenge: Students will be given a popular phrase or saying of the theater. They must find out the background of that saying OR creatively make up their own version behind the meaning of the saying. Provide answers to Break-a-leg challenge.

Journal Entry: Choose one of the rules of improvisation and write a possible improvisation scene using that rule. How would it apply to the scene?

Activities: Catch Phrase: This improvisation game is played with three people. Two of the people have Catch Phrases, two lines of dialogue each (one question and one statement) that are collected from the audience. During the scene those catch phrases are the only thing they can say. They may change to inflection or add different punctuation, but may not change the words or order of the words. The third person must play the scene like normal and help bring it to a conclusion.

Famous Last Words: students get an idea from the audience and the team must come up with the famous last words of that Person, place or thing. For example: Famous Last words of Instagram might be “Facebook!”

Thursday, January 17 and Friday, Jan 18

Journal Entry: Using the piece of art displayed on the white board, write a scene or monologue using the characters in the painting. It must have a beginning, middle and an end. We will be sharing these journal entries.

Activity: Starting with the journal entries, students will join a group and will edit, refine, and add to the monologues and scenes written; Groups that are interested will share their theatrical piece; Critique of each piece shared; If times allows we will pick a new art piece and write a scene in the group selected using one line dialogue round robin activity.

Remaining Time will be used to begin Theater History Project #1: File Folder Project 

Assignments Due

In Class Journal Entries!

Research Vocabulary Challenge: The Green Room and Break-a-leg!

Review Rules of Improvisation!

Scenes or Monologues from FINE ART

File Folder Theatre History Project 

Additional Resources

10 rules of Improvisation—

  1. Say “Yes” and….
  2. Follow the and with more information
  3. Don’t block (say “no”) or Deny an idea
  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

Accommodations for students with 504 plans: (ongoing)

  • Students needing more time in class for Journal Entries or other work will be provided a space to continue work if needed.
  • Teacher will also provide a written copy of Journal entries and theatre vocabulary words for those students to put in notebook for study. (as needed)
  • Teacher will be available to students needing additional assistance.

Enrichment for students in gifted program: (ongoing)

  • Independent learning area for additional study and inquiry about theatre, actors, and history for those students who finish work earlier than others.
  • Read a script center for students to continue leaning and choosing scripts to work upon.