The Kax Herberger Center for Children + the Arts

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Dance/Drama/Music/Visual Arts
Students (Grades 3–12)

Lesson Plans: Drama / Theater



Dramatizing your Story
Theater * Elementary School Lesson Plan for racially and ethnically mixed class
Students start with oral histories of family members, then create improvisations based on their shared stories. Based on a lesson plan by Nellie McCaslin, New York, New York.

Putting the Sitcom into Perspective
Theater * Elementary School Lesson Plan
A lesson that starts with critical analysis of current family sitcoms and moves to students creating and video taping scenes of family situations.

Intermediate Stage Design: Using Visual Elements to Provide Information to an Audience
Theater/Visual Arts * Middle School Unit
Students review visual arts elements and principles, create a collage to express the "feel" of a room, then create a drawing or shoebox model for a set. Based on a lesson plan by Carole Jones, Atlanta, Georgia.

Creating A Checklist for Drama
Theater * Middle School Lesson Plan
Using an "open scene" as motivation, students develop a checklist to critique acting. Using a sitcom as motivation, students develop a checklist to critique the script. Based on a lesson plan by Judith Kase Polisini, Tampa, Florida.

MACBETH and the Themes of Ambition, Power and Corruption
Theater/Language Arts * Middle School Lesson Plan
Students pantomime scenes from Macbeth, then improvise scenes on the same themes, but based on modern situations. A comparison of character motives and emotions follows.

Theatre Education: A Resource
Theatre * K-12 warm-ups and Middle and High School Units
Useful to both beginning and veteran teachers, this is a collection of practical and project based warm-ups and units for Middle and High School Theatre classes intended to supplement or expand any theatre program.

Creating Plays from Children's Stories
Theater/Language Arts * High School Unit
Students create and produce scripts based on stories written by elementary students in the district.

Music to Motivate Original Monologues
Theater/Language Arts * High School Unit
Students bring in a piece of music to inspire new characters and write monologues from the character's point of view. Students listen to the rhythm, tempo, and lyrics in order to make decisions about the life and experiences of their character. Students memorize and present monologues to the class.

Advanced Stage Designs that Reflect the Culture of the Play
Theater/Social Studies * High School Lesson Plan
Students become the scenery, property, costume, makeup, lighting, and sound design teams for a play that will get them to research beyond the library. They will create thumbnail sketches, make group presentations, and final design drawings and schematics. Based on a lesson by Johnny Saldana, ASU