Grade 2 Theatre, Lesson 1

Lesson 1: Improvisation: Characterization and Objective

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Click here to download Grade 2 Theatre Lesson Plan #1 and accompanying materials (PDF)

Objective: Students will retell a scenario by creting improvisations that show character objective.

1A. Warm up:

WARM UP (Engage students, access prior learning, review, hook or activity to focus the student for learning)

Students review how to respond to specific prompts from the teacher to make a gesture for a character, improvising a tableau. The students standing next to the one receiving the prompt have to frame the character with an appropriate pose (e.g. the “wings” on either side of a plane).  The exercise is also one for concentration and listening. They have to be clear about what to do and when not to move.

Grade 2 Theatre Lesson #1: Warm up [05:17 minute Video]

1B. Vocabulary:

The teaching artist reviews some vocabulary from previous lessons (character and actor) and discusses at length what elements are involved in plot (emphasizing beginning, middle, and end) and setting.  The terms help the students prepare to work on adapting a story map for their lesson and homework in which they will create a gesture, i.e.improvise, a beginning, middle, and end.

The teaching artist uses “The Three Little Pigs” to help students begin thinking about the possibilities.

Students receive more instruction on improvisation and the teaching artist’s definition of improvisation in lesson 2.

Grade 2 Theatre Lesson #1: Vocabulary [13:51 minute Video]

1C. Modeling and Guided Practice:

GUIDED PRACTICE (Application of knowledge, problem solving, corrective feedback)

DEBRIEF AND EVALUATE (Identify problems encountered, ask and answer questions, discuss solutions and learning that took place. Did students meet expected outcomes?)

Grade 2 Theatre Lesson #1: Debrief and Evaluate [0:57 minute Video]

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