LESSON PLAN

Expectations and Goals - Beginning of Year

by Lindsay Price

Students will use sentence starters to set goals and expectations for their time in class. What do they expect to learn? What do they expect from their classmates? What is the purpose of drama class? Have students fill out an expectations and goals form at the beginning of the year and you can use it to compare and contrast their work at the end of the year.

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Expectations and Goals - End of Year

by Lindsay Price

Students will use sentence starters to self-assess and reflect on what they’ve done in drama class over the past year. What was their favourite unit? How do they compare their skills now to the beginning of the year? What were their personal goals for the class and how did they achieve them?

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

by Kerry Hishon

The objective of this lesson is for your current students to reflect upon their experiences and new knowledge at the end of a school/class production. Then they will use that information to create a useful document for future drama students, such as a “drama transition manual” or a “what to expect during your production” document.

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Rejection through Movement and Character

by Lindsay Price

Learning to deal with rejection and turn rejection into a positive motivator is a lifelong skill. In this multi-class lesson, students will reflect on and discuss their views on rejection, theatricalize that view through movement, research someone who has found success only after rejection and failure, and theatricalize that information.

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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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Writing a Review: Introduction

by Lindsay Price

A review is a subjective but educated response. The reviewer gives an opinion, then supports it with thoughtful analysis.

Students will examine existing reviews, identify the elements of a review, compare and contrast reviews, and practice supporting their opinions (i.e. not just “I like this” or “I don’t like that,” but explain the “why” behind their response).

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