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Creating a Blended Learning Environment: Flipping Your Classroom

by Annie Dragoo

Annie Dragoo leads this course in learning how to create a flipped classroom where students will complete the majority of coursework online at home or outside of school, and then attend school for required face-to-face learning sessions.

Module One discusses the types of online learning - the advantages and disadvantages. Module Two, covers the first step: the online instruction. Module Three covers the face-to-face time and putting it all together. You will walk away from these modules with a prepared unit of study.

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Google Drive in the Drama Classroom

by Josh Hatt

Instructor Joshua Hatt has taught drama students all over the world. He is passionate about the power of drama to connect people and the importance of reflection and journaling to build creative, critical thinkers.

He started using Google Drive as a response to the frustration of having his students lose curriculum booklets time and time again. His work developed into a powerful online home whereby students and teachers can communicate, contribute, collaborate, edit, and house all their documents online.

In this course, Josh will show you how to use Google Drive and Slides in your drama classroom. He's included step-by-step guided instruction, as well as activities to help you solidify your knowledge. Your drama classroom will be forever transformed!

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Google Tools in the Theatre Arts Classroom

by Anna Porter

Have you been wanting to find some new ways to enhance your classroom with technology? Have you been told you need to integrate technology in your classroom but don’t know where to start or what would even make sense to use in the drama classroom?

Whether you want to find some new ways to diversify your instruction and assessment, provide new resources and opportunities for your students, or simply needs some help with organization and communication, Google Tools has a treasure trove of resources ready for you to use today.

Instructor Anna Porter covers the tools of Google Forms, Photos, Calendar, Earth, Custom Search and Sites. Each lesson has video examples of how to use the tools as well as tips and resources for each module.

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Mindfulness & Wellness in the Drama Classroom

by Claire Broome

In this course, instructor Claire Broome shares what mindfulness is, and why it is so important in the Drama Classroom. The course covers how mindfulness and wellness can help both students and teachers.

Claire discusses how to prepare students for this kind of learning, and provides various activities to bring into your classroom, as well as a variety of extensions for these activities that can be applied to character creation and possible projects.

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Curriculum

CURRICULUM

Distance Learning

by Lindsay Price, Karen Loftus, and Lea Marshall

Overview: Distance Learning, What is Theatre?, Improvisation, Pantomime, Voice, Playwriting: Part 1, Playwriting: Part 2, Theatre of the Absurd, Mock Audition, Introduction to Technical Theatre: Distance Learning, Scene Work: Part 1, Tools of Scene Work, and Scene Work: Part 2, Student Self Staging

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Stagecraft Without a Theatre

by Karen Loftus, Holly Beardsley, Kerry Hishon, and Josh Hatt

Overview, Introduction to Theatre Production, Elements of Design, Scenic Design, Scenic Construction, Scenic Painting, Props, Lighting, Sound, Costume Design, Costume Construction, Make-Up Design, What is a Stage Manager? (Extra Lesson), and Culminating Project

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Units

A Guide to Using Hyperdocs

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Acting for the Camera

by Ruthie Tutterow

The purpose of this unit is for students to know the differences and practice skills for film versus stage acting. They should also know the basic vocabulary of acting for the camera. It will also be helpful for them to get practice in editing. By seeing both sides of the camera, they will gain valuable experience in seeing what works from both the producing and acting side. Students will be able to see and reflect on their work.

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Ancient Greek Theatre - It's All Greek to Me! *Hyperdoc

by Lea Marshall

The purpose of this unit is to give students an introduction to independent learning as well as an overview of Ancient Greek theatre. Students will apply their knowledge throughout, and the unit culminates in a group activity.

This unit is delivered in hyperdoc format. What does that mean? A hyperdoc is an interactive tool that encourages digital learning. In this case, students are given a document on a subject, and there they can read articles, watch videos, do some independent research, and apply what they’ve learned. Because they’re working on their own, students are in charge of their own pacing.

Before you start the unit, ensure you read the Teacher Guide first. It will give you clear instructions on how to distribute the hyperdoc format and make it easy for you and your students.

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Character Creation: Superhero Series: Multi platform

by Lindsay Price and Kerry Hishon

This unit focuses on character creation: How do you create a character from the ground up? Use this unit as a precursor to a playwriting unit, to a devising unit, or to a class production.

Using the archetypes of the superhero, the sidekick, and the supervillain, students work on exercises to help them create unique characters through physical and vocal qualities, character profiles, and theatrical writing.

Because many of the exercises have an individual focus, this unit works in a distance learning environment or for your no-technology students.

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Copyright *Hyperdoc

by Lindsay Price

This unit takes students through the ins and outs of copyright, from Intellectual Property, to what is and what is not copyrightable, to Copyright and the theatre, case studies and finally the Public domain. Sections come with a variety of application methods: a research activity, a video to respond to, questions to answer, and articles to read.

This unit is delivered in hyperdoc format. What does that mean? A hyperdoc is an interactive tool that encourages digital learning. In this case, students are given a document on a subject, and there they can read articles, watch videos, do some independent research, and apply what they’ve learned. Because they’re working on their own, students are in charge of their own pacing.

Before you start the unit, ensure you read the Teacher Guide first. It will give you clear instructions on how to distribute the hyperdoc format and make it easy for you and your students.

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Elements of Costume Design *Hyperdoc

by Anna Porter

In this unit, students will explore and collaboratively take on the role of costume designers. Students will explore the elements of design, director’s concept, and the considerations for costume design. They will then apply this knowledge in a culminating project.

This unit has been designed to integrate technology into the curriculum. Students will utilize technology throughout via HyperDocs, internet research, and Google tools such as Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Slides, and Google Docs. A digital Learning Tools Introduction resource is provided for additional help in using the different tools and applications.

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Introduction to Set Design *Hyperdoc

by Lea Marshall

The purpose of this unit is to give students an introduction to independent learning as well as an overview of Set Design. Students will apply their knowledge throughout, and the unit culminates in a group activity.

This unit is delivered in hyperdoc format. What does that mean? A hyperdoc is an interactive tool that encourages digital learning. In this case, students are given a document on a subject, and there they can read articles, watch videos, do some independent research, and apply what they’ve learned. Because they’re working on their own, students are in charge of their own pacing.

Before you start the unit, ensure you read the Teacher Guide first. It will give you clear instructions on how to distribute the hyperdoc format and make it easy for you and your students.

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Introduction to Technical Theatre: Distance Learning

by Lindsay Price

When an audience watches a piece of theatre, they never see what goes on behind the scenes or know the people who work to make the production look their best. But theatre is a collaboration between what happens onstage and off.

This distance learning unit will introduce students to the world of technical theatre. Through video, they will learn information on specific technical theatre roles and how they work together, types of stages, parts of a theatre and stage geography, and then apply this knowledge through synchronous exercises.

For example, students will take on the role of a producer and decide how a budget will be divided among different departments. They will practice the calls a stage manager uses. The culminating assignment has students solve a common technical theatre issue: a unique stage direction in a play.

NOTE - Please read the Troubleshooting Hyperdocs instructions in the Overview, if you are having issues. If your students have trouble accessing the videos, try VERSION 2 Hyperdoc links provided under each module.

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Playwriting Kickstart: Multi platform

by Lindsay Price

This unit focuses on the idea stage of playwriting. Before you start a playwriting project, take students through these lessons to provide students a step-by-step process for idea generation. When students are told they’re going to write a play, they often freeze. I can’t do it. I’m not creative; my ideas are stupid. The purpose of this unit is to give students a place to start and a way to move from finding a topic to creating an idea to writing theatrically on ideas.

This unit is designed to reach as many classroom environments as possible and includes: standard in-class lessons, instruction videos, instruction handouts, and quizzes.

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The Working Playwright *Hyperdoc

by Lindsay Price

In this unit, students will gain insight into the day to day responsibilities of a working artist. This unit aims to illuminate for students that creative expression is only one element in a sustainable arts career, and attempt to address the essential question: How does a playwright turn creative expression into a career? The culminating project for the unit is a playwright submissions packet for a theatre company.

This unit is delivered in hyperdoc format. What does that mean? A hyperdoc is an interactive tool that encourages digital learning. In this case, students are given a document on a subject, and there they can read articles, watch videos, do some independent research, and apply what they’ve learned. Because they’re working on their own, students are in charge of their own pacing.

Before you start the unit, ensure you read the Teacher Guide first. It will give you clear instructions on how to distribute the hyperdoc format and make it easy for you and your students.

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Virtual Acting for the Camera

by Ruthie Tutterow

The unit is adapted for a virtual environment.

The purpose of this unit is for students to know the differences and practice skills for film versus stage acting. They should also know the basic vocabulary of acting for the camera. It will also be helpful for them to get practice in editing. By seeing both sides of the camera, they will gain valuable experience in seeing what works from both the producing and acting side. Students will be able to see and reflect on their work.

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Lesson Plan Categories

Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

19th Century Actors on Acting: Cushman, Booth, Jefferson

by Lindsay Price

This lesson plan looks at three 19th century actors: Charlotte Cushman, Edwin Booth, and Joseph Jefferson. All three were heralded as “stars” and were well known in their time. Students will learn some information about each, read letters in which they talk about acting, and reflect on what they’ve learned.

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Compare and Contrast: "To Be or Not To Be" on Film

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson plan, students will compare four different film versions of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark using the same scene: Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” speech. How do the four versions tackle the same text? Film is a visual medium – what visuals do they use to tell the story? Do they cut or adapt any of the text? Students will discuss their findings and write a Reflection.

A slide deck is provided as part of the materials for this lesson.

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Compare and Contrast: Adaptation

by Lindsay Price

Students will compare and contrast a scene from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Lindsay Price’s adaptation Humbug High.

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Compare and Contrast: Theatre spaces

by Lindsay Price

Theatre spaces have changed throughout history, from the outdoor amphitheatres of Ancient Greece to the black box of modern times. In this lesson plan, students will identify what makes a theatre space in a specific era and then compare and contrast two different theatre spaces.

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LESSON PLAN

Create A Playbill

by Lindsay Price

Students create a play program for a curriculum text based on their knowledge of the text and given criteria. This can be done physically in class using markers and magazine pictures, and online resources such as pixabay.com and canva.com.

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LESSON PLAN

Group Musical Poster

by Matthew Banaszynski

Students will read the description of a musical then break into groups to create a poster for the show. Each group will present their poster to the class and explain their representation. Note: This lesson works well if students have had a basic introduction to musical theatre.

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LESSON PLAN

Jobs in Theatre

by Elisabeth Oppelt

This lesson diagrams the main roles in a theatre. Students complete a graphic organizer describing each of these roles and allows students to decide which job appeals to them the most.

Includes a slide show.

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Real World Applications: Dance Captain

by Lindsay Price

In this real world application lesson students view videos of an theatre profession, complete viewing quizzes, and hand in a Reflection.

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Real World Applications: Dressers

by Lindsay Price

In this real world application lesson students view videos of a theatre profession, complete viewing quizzes, and hand in a Reflection.

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Real World Applications: Swings, Standbys, and Understudies

by Lindsay Price

In this real world application lesson students view videos of a theatre profession, complete viewing quizzes, and hand in a Reflection.

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LESSON PLAN

The Masque of Red Death and Coronavirus

by Lindsay Price

In this compare and contrast lesson, students will read a dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of Red Death. This story is the ultimate example of “social distancing.” Students will compare and contrast the dramatization to the current events surrounding Coronavirus and then write an adaptation focusing on modern viruses.

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LESSON PLAN

Who is Thespis? Project Version

by Lindsay Price

Thespis is often stated as being the first actor because he stepped away from the chorus. But who is he? What do we know as fact and what has been assumed as his origin story? What happens when unreliable evidence is recorded as historical fact? Does it matter?

In this lesson, students will research, present and draw their own conclusions about the validity of Thespis as a reliable figure in theatre history. They will then write and present a scene that showcases their viewpoint.

*This lesson requires internet accessibility (for students to research for the project) either during class time or afterward as assigned homework.

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LESSON PLAN

Writing a Reflective Review

by Lindsay Price

Writing a play review is an excellent way for students to apply critical thinking skills. A review is a subjective but educated response to a play. The reviewer gives an opinion and supports it with thoughtful analysis. What are the parts of a well
written review? What should a student do before, during, and after a performance?

The culminating exercise involves students writing a review of a show. Use this lesson as a precursor to students seeing a performance (i.e. a school production, a community play, or a touring show).

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Individual Resources

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6 ft Scenes

A collection of 15 scenes in which no two characters get within six feet of each other. Use them to explore the physical and emotional distance between people - what causes us to stay apart? Great for class work and competition, and where social distancing is required in class.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Tic Tac Toe

Complete three of nine projects on A Midsummer Night's Dream to make a tic-tac-toe! Includes a rubric for assessment.

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Activities for Video Conferencing

A description of activities to do with students over video-conferencing.

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Adapt, Observe, Engage: Re-Imagining the Drama Classroom

You know how to run a traditional classroom. The virtual classroom is going to be a whole new learning experience. Theatres have been shut down many times over the centuries and have always returned. Theatre thrives with people who are flexible, excellent problem solvers, and creative thinkers. Theatre teachers, you will survive this! We hope this guide will help you adapt, observe, and engage with your students.

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Alternative Performance - Interview with Lauren Carr

An interview with Lauren Carr - discussing alternative performance options.

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Auditioning: In Front of the Table

Todd Espeland shares his tips for setting yourself up for success in the audition process.

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Character Bio

Students create a bio on the character they know best – themselves.

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Cinderella Movie Viewing Quiz

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is available to watch for free on Youtube. Have students research and answer
the questions below before they watch.

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xkQjuwihYI&t=25s&has_verified=1

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Create Your Own Choice Board: Drama Activities

Sometimes you need to have prepared activities so students can work independently. The goal is to have students apply knowledge in an effective way when the natural flow of instruction is disrupted.

One such activity is a choice board. A choice board offers students a variety of activities on a topic or multiple topics. Students will choose a set number of activities to complete and submit. With this resource you can create your own, use all the provided tasks on a single topic, or print off the ready-to-go sample choice boards.

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Create Your Own Drama Activities Choice Board

Instructions on how to create your own Choice Board for drama activities, including options for physical exercises, vocal exercises, technical theatre, form/style adapt, playwriting and character acting/analysis. Adaptable to use with technology or without.

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Designing Your Virtual Classroom

When teaching classes via video conferencing, it’s good to think about what’s going on behind you. This doesn’t mean pets walking through your virtual classroom or visible piles of laundry in view of your camera, although those should probably be kept out of view as much as possible!
Having an interesting and creative background can grab students’ attention, be a conversation starter, or make them laugh. It’s also fun to switch things up and create a fresh atmosphere for your virtual classroom.

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Distance Ensemble Experiences for Students and Educators

The experiences detailed here can be used during online sessions for Warm-ups, Collaboration, Cool Downs. Students experience the 21st Century Skills-Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration (by distance).

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Distance Learning: Issue Personification

Students will be able to demonstrate how to visualize an issue through character.

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Distance Learning: Technical Theatre

A series of Technical Theatre activities designed for distance learning.

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Distance Learning: Thought of the Day

A distance learning adaptation for the 'Thought of the Day' exercise from the Empathy Project. Options for sending home printed packet, or using an online platform. Students relate personal experience to the thought of the date quotes provided.

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Emergency Lesson Plans eBook

You need Emergency Lesson Plans. The unexpected comes up all the time.

This Emergency Lesson Plan Collection (30 lessons) will address all of your concerns and take into account all of your sub’s questions. Every Emergency Lesson Plan includes substitute instructions, handouts, and assessment suggestions.

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FlipGrid & EdPuzzle - Links

Links to FlipGrid & EdPuzzle, along with extensions on how to use these tools in the drama classroom.

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Getting Ready to Direct your First Virtual Play

Virtual productions are popping up everywhere now, specifically designed to be performed online, and they are a wonderful way to keep your students together and keep their love of theatre going – just in a different way. If you’re thinking about doing a virtual production, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

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How to do an Online Performance of a Play

Tips on doing an online performance using a video conferencing tool such as Zoom.

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Kinesthetic Worksheets

Distance Learning ideas vs Zoom or other video conference platform.

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Mask in a Social Distanced or Virtual Classroom

In this video, Todd Espeland demonstrates how to use Mask in a social distance or virtual classroom setting.

Breakdown of topics/timecodes

0:00 to 6:13: Introduction
-When Todd started working with masks
-Why masks?

6:14 - 15:59: Discussing Mask in the Classroom

16:00 - 25:59: Health and Safety

26:00 - 50:52: Social Distance Classroom

50:53 - 1:00:22: Virtual Classroom

1:00:23 - 1:08: Building a Mask

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Masterclass with Jordan Hughes: Starting a Career in the Arts After College

Masterclass is a series of one-on-one interviews with experts, creators and innovators in the world of Theatre that you can study in-depth, or share with your classes. Think of this series as ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ for Drama Teachers.

This masterclass is with Jordan Hughes, a graduate with a BFA in Drama, from NYU Tisch Drama School. Matt Webster chats with her about finding a career in the arts after college.

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Meditation: 4-4-6 Count Breathing

A meditation to take your students through. Video, MP3, and script are included.

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Meditation: Counting Your Breath

A meditation to take your students through. Video, MP3, and script are included.

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Meditation: Focusing on the Breath

A meditation to take your students through. Video, MP3, and script are included.

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Meditation: Four Count Breathing

A meditation to take your students through. Video, MP3, and script are included.

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No See Scenes

The drama classroom is all about connection and engagement. How do you connect to students who do not feel comfortable turning on their cameras in a virtual classroom? It will require all your creative and critical thinking skills.

Hopefully, this resource will provide some help with suggestions, exercises, lessons and scenes written specifically for no camera students.

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One Question and a Rubric: 21st Century Skills

Have students demonstrate their 21st century skills knowledge with these worksheets.

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One Question and a Rubric: Close Reading

Have students demonstrate their close reading skills with these worksheets.

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One Question and Rubric: Shakespeare

The format is simple. One question, one answer, and a rubric all on the same sheet. Use these answers as exit slips, as a follow up written assignment after a class discussion, or as a mid-unit check in. Covers Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, The Tempest, Othello, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew.

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One Question and Rubric: Tennessee Williams

The format is simple. One question, one answer, and a rubric all on the same sheet. Use these answers as exit slips, as a follow up written assignment after a class discussion, or as a mid-unit check in. There are questions for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 1 (Days 1-20)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 1 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 2 (Days 21-40)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 2 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 3 (Days 41-60)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 3 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 4 (Days 61-80)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 4 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 5 (Days 81-100)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 5 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 6 (Days 101-120)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 6 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 7 (Days 121-140)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 7 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Posters: Quote a Day - Part 8 (Days 141-160)

20 theatre-related quotes on posters and slide presentation, for the drama classroom.
Part 8 of an 8-part series to complete 'one quote a day' for the school year. You have the option to use a printable version, or access the slide deck presentation link.
Be sure to access the 'Guiding Questions and Reflections' that accompany these quotes.

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Pre-Read Text Scavenger Hunt

If you’re about to study a play, start the process with a text scavenger hunt. Have students look at the text in a unique way.

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Quarantine Tips

Tips for teaching in self-isolation.

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Research Project: Acting Teachers

In groups, students will research a well known acting teacher, give a presentation and teach an exercise.

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Romeo and Juliet: Tic Tac Toe

Complete three of nine projects on Romeo and Juliet to make a tic-tac-toe! Includes a rubric for assessment.

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Scene Spurs - Writing Prompts for Dramatic Depth

Scene Spurs is a collection of photo-based writing prompts developed by playwright Lindsay Price. The set includes 35 different Spurs along with an instruction guide to integrate them into your drama classroom.

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Scene Spurs Volume 2 - Writing Prompts for Dramatic Depth

Scene Spurs is a collection of photo-based writing prompts developed by playwright Lindsay Price. The set includes 35 different Spurs along with an instruction guide to integrate them into your drama classroom.
Volume 2 includes new photos, new prompts, and a new distance learning lesson included.

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School Year Calendar 2020-2021

There are 2 versions of the Drama Teacher School Year calendar. One is a monthly calendar with an inspirational quote and image per month; the second is a portrait-layout booklet version that can be customized to any school year.

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Separating School Life and Home Life

A checklist to help you separate your school and home life, while teaching remotely.

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Shadow Puppetry

In this resource, Todd Espeland shares the directions on how to make your own shadow puppetry theatre out of a box, shadow puppetry templates, how to use shadow puppets with your students, and a rundown of the development process.

Additional attachments including a bonus video and handout are included if you have students doing this project at home.

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Socially Distanced Theatre Games

This resource takes common theatre games and adapts them for a social distanced classroom. You’ll find in many cases that the games are quite similar to their original counterparts. That’s intentional. We want to show how the games you know can be adjusted to fit your new circumstance. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, or create new material for your situation.

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Ten Traditional Activities Adapted for the Virtual Classroom

10 traditional drama activities, adapted for the virtual/online classroom.

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The Crucible Tic Tac Toe

Complete three of nine projects on The Crucible to make a tic-tac-toe! Includes a rubric for assessment.

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The Distance Learning Resource eBook

Teachers, we know you’ve got so much to think about right now. Your brain is full! Take a break and use The Distance Learning Resource for warm-ups, exercises, and articles specific to teaching in a virtual environment.

Distance learning is a new experience for so many teachers and students. But any experience can be used to challenge students to think creatively and problem solve theatrically. Just remember to not compare what you’re doing in a virtual environment to what you did in a traditional classroom. Treat the virtual classroom as its own thing with its own challenges and learning opportunities. You can do it!

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Theatre Eras: Ancient Greek

Use these trivia questions as part of unit review, or as an introduction to material.

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Transform the Ordinary

The video shares a costume design idea executed using simple materials. The accompanying activity has students take ordinary materials and transform them into a crown.

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Video Conferencing Etiquette

Now that video conferencing is becoming a thing of the present, what etiquette rules need to be put into place for you and your students? You discuss many types of etiquette rules with your students: classroom etiquette rules, performance etiquette, audience etiquette - what about video conferencing etiquette?

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Virtual Body Language

The goal of this distance learning exercise is to help students become more aware of their body language in the virtual classroom (both conscious and unconscious) and how it makes others perceive them. Students have to turn their cameras on to participate, but it is fairly low-risk as they will complete the movement portion as a group, and they don’t need to have their microphones on.

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PLCs

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Adapting a DTA course for Distance Learning

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Steven Stack

As we face the prospect of not seeing our students again for the rest of the year, it is time to start thinking about how to retool traditional lessons for distance learning classrooms. For this PLC we'll be talking to Steven Stack, author of the DTA course The Empathetic Classroom to answer the question: How do you adapt something that was made for classroom instruction, into something suitable for distance learning? Check in for our tips and ideas!

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Check In

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Claire Broome, Christian Kiley

We are halfway through the spring semester with the starting gun a distant memory and the finish line not yet in sight. But the marathon goes on. What better time to check in on each other and see how we all are holding up! Join us for this PLC check-in to get the fresh ideas, collegial commiseration and positive feedback that just might get you to the end of the race.

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Classroom Management in the Digital Era

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Jessica McGettrick, Allison Green

Checklist for teaching in the digital era: Technology Training - Check! Lesson Planning - Check! Classroom Management - Ummm...? Of all the teaching fundamentals that need reassessment in the digital era, classroom management might be the hardest to get your head around. Do you have to follow school rules when no one is at school? How do you discipline students who are sitting at home? Can you have classroom management without an actual classroom?? Join us for a discussion of how to manage your virtual classroom in the real world.

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Distance Learning

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Bekah Schneider, Christa Vogt

Theatre is an art form designed to bring people together. But what do you do when you can’t teach your students face-to-face? Whether it is a family vacation, unexpected emergency or natural disaster, there will be times when you will need to teach your students from a distance. You will need to engage your students in Distance Learning.

But distance learning comes with its own set of challenges: Do you have the right materials? Do you have the right technology? Do your students? Join us for a crash course discussion about the strategies and challenges associated with Distance Learning.

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Distance Learning: Check In

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Karen Loftus, Bekah Schneider

As many teachers take on a new and unexpected challenge of teaching remotely, we will take this PLC to check in, share tips and tricks, and offer support to each other.

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Distance Learning: Check In

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Christa Vogt, Lea Marshall

As many teachers take on a new and unexpected challenge of teaching remotely, we will take this PLC to check in, share tips and tricks, and offer support to each other.

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Distance Learning: Check In 3

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Lea Marshall, Karen Loftus

Ready or not, the new school year started. And what a start! We were confronted with a mind-boggling array of unknowns and tackled them with a mix of trepidation and creative moxie. Because as drama teachers, that's what we do: We solve problems. And then we share our brilliant solutions with our fellow drama teachers because it takes a village. And we are Village DTA! We are here to help because when one of us succeeds, ALL of us succeed. So join the village for a start-of-year "check-in" where we will talk to drama teachers about the struggles and solutions they have faced so far.

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Distance Learning: Check In 4

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Shelby Steege, Claire Broome

Mid-September and the school year start has been like no other. Whether you're teaching at a 'social distance', mask on, or you've got a hybrid situation, or you're fully remote, we are all in this together.

Checking in with our panellists and fellow teachers is a great way to ground yourself, to get those affirmations that we're all doing the best we can, and to share the struggles with people who really 'get it'. Join us to check in on the school year so far.

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Distance Learning: Monologue Writing

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price

Monologue writing is an activity that is easily adaptable for distance learning. It’s also something that students can do without technology. Join us for a walk through a "no internet necessary" monologue writing project with added video conferencing options.

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Distance Learning: Playwriting

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price

Playwriting is an easy to adapt activity for distance learning. But there are still some obstacles: how do you deal with writing insecurity? How do you handle peer feedback? How do you present work digitally? Playwright Lindsay Price will take you through exercises and a game plan for incorporating playwriting into your distance learning framework.

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Engaging with Your No Camera and Camera-Shy Students

Hosted by Lindsay Price, Karen Loftus

The drama classroom is all about connection and engagement. How do you connect to students who do not feel comfortable turning on their cameras in a virtual classroom? Theatre Educator Karen Loftus has been working with no camera students and shares her insights.

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Marketing Your Virtual Performance

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Lauren Carr, Miguel Zavala

This school year started with theatre teachers around the world determined to produce a show with their students - And after weeks of learning new performance platforms, and jumping through new copyright hoops, those shows are finally ready! But will anyone be watching?

How do you market a production when both the performers AND audience are virtual? Can you actually expand your audience? And what about tickets?? We will tackle these, and many other questions when we dedicate this PLC to Marketing Your Virtual Performance.

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Online Rehearsal Strategies

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Gai Jones, Quincy Young

Theatre teachers and their students are ready and eager to rehearse their fall shows. There's just one problem: How do you have a rehearsal when nobody is in the same room?? Holding a virtual rehearsal raises a lot of questions - Should the entire cast be called? Are warm ups really necessary? Can your stage manager work in virtual break- out rooms with small groups? And what time of day (or night) might work best for maximum involvement?

It's a whole new world of rehearsal, so we will explore these and other pressing questions in this vital PLC.

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Self-Care and Wellness

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Claire Broome, Gai Jones

Right now teachers are being stretched thin. In this crisis they are expected to be counsellors, curriculum developers, IT specialists, cheerleaders and everything else their students need. Not to mention all the hats they wear at home for their own families. Teachers are taking care of everyone, but who is taking care of them! When you talk about caring for teachers, you need to start with self care. Because you can't take care of everyone else unless you first take care of yourself. So take a break, put on your favorite yoga pants, and join us for an energizing discussion on Self Care and Wellness.

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Virtual Performances

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Jessica McGettrick, Christa Vogt

The closing of schools forced a lot of teachers to move their productions online or to an alternative performance model. This shift to virtual performances challenged directors with a whole new set of questions: Does the show have to be live streamed? Can I capture the performance? Is there a way to design lights and sound online? What about costumes? What about radio plays? How do I edit my virtual performance? So many questions! That's why we have dedicated an entire PLC to the ins and outs of virtual performances. We will talk with teachers who have successfully navigated these uncharted waters and learn the tricks and tips that will make your online production shine!

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