Items tagged "Movement"

7 Lesson Plans and 5 Resources tagged "Movement" for Drama Teachers.

Lesson Plans

What is Body Language?

by Lindsay Price

Use this lesson plan as an introduction to onstage physical action. Students will demonstrate comprehension of nonverbal communication by identifying, discussing and demonstrating different aspects of body language. They will brainstorm examples of nonverbal communication. They will practice these gestures in exercises. They will come up with body language for different characters and relationships between characters. Their final task will be to put what they've learned into a short scene and then write a reflection.

Physical Character Creation

by Elisabeth Oppelt

Students will demonstrate their ability to use their whole body to create a character by participating in a “character walk.” Students explore how movement can be used to create a character. They will see what different body parts are used to convey character, how circumstances change how we move and how characters move differently from one another.

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.

Flocking/Group Movement

by Karen Loftus

Birds flying in the sky appear as if they’re in perfect formation and synchronization. They’re aware of each other and the space around them at all times. Through this exercise, students will explore different types of movement and how it can express certain feelings and concepts. They’ll also build trust and ensemble by working together to create choral movement connected to vocal pieces.

What Do We “Do” on Stage?

by Karen Loftus

This Lesson Plan introduces one of the important tools of an actor: the body. Student actors often have difficulty getting out of their own body, especially if they suffer from any kind of stage fright. How do we move on stage? What happens when we’re afraid to move? How can we get beyond nerves to become comfortable with our bodies? What do we “do” on stage?

Creating Character Movement Through Archetypes

by Annie Dragoo

In this lesson, students learn to identify characters with an archetype. They participate in various exercises to help them understand that archetypes all move and speak differently. Students will explore the statement “movement brings meaning to our life.” Use this lesson to explore character movement, types of character movement, and applying character movement to their own work.

The Dance of a Task

by Drama Teacher Academy

In this lesson, students will take a task that has steps to it (the model for this activity demonstrates the process of making handmade candy) and turn it into a physical-movement piece. How can you theatricalize an ordinary task?


Laban's Eight Efforts

Rudolf Laban was a choreographer and a dancer. He defined human movement into eight efforts. Each movement has four component parts (direction, speed, weight, flow). Those four component parts have two elements to them (direct/indirect, quick/sustained, heavy/light, bound/ free). Use these “efforts” to give your students specific choices when it comes to character's physicalization. Choose an effort that defines how they move.

Moving Warm-Ups

Use these exercises when you want to get students up on their feet and moving around the room before your first activity.

Kitty in a Corner

This is a great movement and warm-up game, in which students need to communicate using eye contact as they move and switch spaces.

Improv Warm Up Games

This resource has a list and description of six different warm-up games, great for improv groups or any theatre class.

Character Projection Warm Up

Use this warm up to get students not only thinking about the physicality of a character but projection as well.

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