|Subject Area||Intro to Theatre|
|Grade Level||6th, 7th and 8th|
|Week #||Week 3; January 21-24, 2020 AND Week 4; January 27-31, 2020|
|Unit of Instruction||Theatre History, Rules of Improvisation and Play-writing using Fine Art|
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. To be comfortable with thinking on their feet.
Fridays: To create a scene or monologue using Fine Art and To edit and refine scene or monologue using critiques of classmates.
Tuesday, January 21 Improvisation extra day.
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. Third Challenge: Theater superstition: Whistling in the theater is bad luck! Why? Where does this come from?
Journal Entry: “Improvisation is easy” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
Activities: Choosing a group of 3-4 people, Plan a scene using the improvisation rule: Tell a Story! Make sure you have a clear beginning, middle and ending. Critique: Was there a clear plot? What was good about the scenes? What needed improvement?
Thursday, January 23/Friday, Jan. 24
Theater Definition of the day: Vocabulary Challenge: Whistling in the theater answer.
Journal Entry: Edit and revise one written monologue or scene based on art.
File Folder Project Due!
Activity: Share and rehearse scenes!
Mon., Jan 27 and Tue., Jan 28
Theater Definition of the day: Vocabulary Challenge: Why is wearing blue on stage considered Bad Luck in the theater? Where does this come from in theater history?
Activities: View video on overview of theater history; Theatre History Project #2–Scenes from history. Assign scenes from theatre history to small groups. Work on Scenes.
Wed., Jan 29
Provide answers to vocabulary challenge/theater superstitions. Wearing blue
Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31
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.
In Class Journal Entries!
Research Vocabulary Challenge: Why is whistling bad luck? Why is wearing blue bad luck?
Review Rules of Improvisation!
Scenes or Monologues from FINE ART
File Folder Theatre History Project Due: Thursday, Jan. 24 or Friday, Jan 25
10 rules of Improvisation—