Units

UNIT

Pantomime

by Angel Borths

Teacher Angel Borths developed this unit when she was looking for lessons to teach the basics of pantomime in the classroom.

This unit culminates in a finished product for performance, either for peers, or for theatre festivals. The rubrics and written work for this unit take planning and preparation for performance into account. The exercises can be pulled out and used independently, but work best when used to build toward a finished product. You can also pull the ground plan and stage directions lesson plans to use with playwriting or directing lessons.

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Stage Movement

by Karen Loftus

In this unit, students are introduced to stage directions and how actors move on stage. They will explore what’s important for onstage action, the basics of stage directions, and how to keep open. By giving students something concrete to focus on, it allows them to overcome any stage fright. Teachers can refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials.

This unit will culminate with students trying out what they’ve learned in a short scene. Each session comes with an journal prompt and an exit slip for assessment.

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UNIT

Pantomime

by Anna Porter

In this unit, students explore how to communicate with their body by exploring elements of physicality and Pantomime. Lesson one helps students explore body awareness as well as the use of the senses and details in pantomime performance. In lesson two, students explore body language and how it is used to communicate by examining the art of flirting. Lesson three helps students create a distinct physical characterization. Lesson four introduces students to the quality of Pantomime – Consistency. In lesson five, students explore the quality of exaggeration in pantomime. In the final lesson, students prepare a pantomime story for performance.

Through this six lesson series, students will use journals, participate in class discussions and practice the elements taught by performing for their peers and as a class. Assessment tools include both informal assessment as well as a final Pantomime performance.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Introduction to Pantomime

by Bethany Kennedy

Students will learn and practice pantomime skills by developing, communicating and sustaining the size and shape of mimed objects.

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LESSON PLAN

Creating Motivated and Believable Stage Movement in Pantomime

by Bethany Kennedy

Students demonstrate comprehension of how to present physical activities through pantomime. The focus of the pantomime is using the five senses, using whole body, and incorporating the principles of maintaining a mimed object.

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LESSON PLAN

Understanding Plot Structure

by Karen Loftus

In this lesson, students will first work in groups to create a pantomime called “Trapped.” The requirements of the pantomime mimic the elements of plot structure but shhhh, they don’t know that yet. Let them first enjoy the pantomime and then spring it on them that they just learned something.

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LESSON PLAN

Defining Pantomime

by Angel Borths

To define pantomime, build a working class definition then introduce the pantomime concept through class games.

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LESSON PLAN

Details of Pantomime

by Angel Borths

To recognize the importance of details in pantomime and practice pantomime details.

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LESSON PLAN

Ground Plans & Stage Directions

by Angel Borths

To learn how ground plans and stage directions can be used for pantomime.

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LESSON PLAN

Rehearsal Day 1

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge toward a pantomime performance.

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LESSON PLAN

Rehearsal Day 2

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge toward a pantomime performance.

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LESSON PLAN

Pantomime First Showing

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge toward a pantomime performance.

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LESSON PLAN

Pantomime Fix Day 1

by Angel Borths

To apply feedback and make revisions.

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LESSON PLAN

Pantomime Fix Day 2

by Angel Borths

To apply feedback and make revisions.

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LESSON PLAN

Pantomime Final Showing

by Angel Borths

To apply knowledge through performance.

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LESSON PLAN

Gesture

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss and apply the different ways one can communicate through gesture.

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LESSON PLAN

The Specifics of Holding an Object

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to the techniques of hand position, tension, follow through, action/reaction/interaction.

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LESSON PLAN

Tableau

by Karen Loftus

Students continue exploring nonverbal communication through tableaux.

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LESSON PLAN

Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

Students create a 2 person pantomime. The objective is for them to utilize mime, body language, and facial expression to tell a basic story. A rubric is included.

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LESSON PLAN

Introduction to Pantomime

by Anna Porter

Students will warm up using a pantomime interview and a relaxation exercise. Students will go on a pantomime hike and participate in a “pretend you are walking” game at the end of the lesson.

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LESSON PLAN

Body Language

by Anna Porter

Students will explore body language by examining the art of flirting. Body language is further examined and explored through a living museum, as well as frozen scenarios that students will create.

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LESSON PLAN

Posture and Characterization

by Anna Porter

Students will explore characterization by examining posture and playing a version of Musical Chairs with “proper” posture. Students will also explore specific character physicality by playing a relay game where they must take on and then pass along the physical characterization of specific characters.

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LESSON PLAN

Objects and Consistency

by Anna Porter

Students will explore the details associated with objects through a “Magic Box” activity. Students will then explore the importance of consistency in pantomime by preparing a simple action for performance. They will practice ensemble work and consistency by preparing a group task pantomime, then performing it in synchronized form.

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LESSON PLAN

Exaggeration

by Anna Porter

Students will play with exaggerated resistance through a pantomime Tug of War and Object Toss. Students will further explore exaggerated emotion through a mirror exercise with a partner where they will progressively exaggerate an emotion physically. They will demonstrate their understanding of both exaggerated resistance and emotion by performing a short skit based on over the top soccer injuries.

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LESSON PLAN

Pantomime Story and Performance

by Anna Porter

Students will create a simple pantomime story and prepare a pantomime for performance.

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LESSON PLAN

Session 1

by Lindsay Price

Students are introduced to the concept of gesture in pantomime and apply it in a nonverbal exercise.

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LESSON PLAN

Session 2

by Lindsay Price

Students are introduced to the concept of specific detail in pantomime and apply it in nonverbal exercises.

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LESSON PLAN

Session 3

by Lindsay Price

Students are introduced to the concept of specific detail in pantomime and apply it in nonverbal exercises.

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LESSON PLAN

Unit Project

by Lindsay Price

The final project for this unit is a simple one-person pantomime. The objective is for them to utilize mime, body language, and facial expression to tell a basic story (an activity that has an obstacle that they overcome or get past).

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Resources

RESOURCE

Actions List

Use this actions list for improvs, scene work, and pantomimes

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Objects List

Looking for new objects for students to use in improvs, mimes and scene work? This sheet has over 200 objects to choose from!

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Two-Person Pantomime Rubric

Use this rubric to assess two-person pantomime performance.

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