(4-5) ASSIGNMENT OPTION 2 – Storytelling


TeacherRachel Terhune
Subject AreaElementary Drama
Grade Level4-5
Week #
Unit of InstructionStory Building
Standard(s) Taught
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will build a performance from a known tale.
Students will exercise vocal/stage presence, modifications, breathing, etc.

Classroom Activities

Special area right now is for enrichment purposes only.
Work will be kept at a minimum in order to reduce the workload for our students working from home.

The following is an assignment that can be chosen to send in for assessment.  They are allowed to choose any one exercise from my assignment options. 
It is not due until April 30th.

This option involves storytelling.  This is slightly different than having a script and performing a single character.  Keep in mind you’re telling a whole story, not just a one-sided performance.  You’re performing all the characters and narration.  And the piece must be memorized.  Here are some tips if you choose to pick this assignment:
– The use of different character voices is encouraged.
– Watch your pace.  Don’t be afraid to slow down, or even go silent if you need to create anticipation.
– Be careful of ums, uhs, likes, and so forth.  These creep in.
– You’re going to want to practice first before filming.

If your student chooses to do this assignment, please send me a video of them performing a story.  It should be roughly 5 minutes or shorter.

As I mention in my greeting video, there are festivals for storytelling all over the country.  The link I have attached in Additional Resources below is an example of one of these festivals.  This video is very long and your student is NOT required to watch the whole thing.  Feel free to skip around and watch different performances.

If your student is seriously interested in storytelling, I’d be happy to work with them in performing at these festivals.  It’s an activity I’m considering for our after school drama troupe TSquad for next year as well.  

Please let me know if you have any questions via Remind (@ihedrama) or my email terhuner@ivyhawnschool.org.

Assignments Due

Tell a story: a folktale, fairy tale, or anything of the like.
***If your student chooses this assignment, please send a video to Mrs. Terhune at terhuner@ivyhawnschool.org by April 30th***

Additional Resources

It is NOT a requirement to watch this whole video.  Feel free to skip around and watch different performances.