Units

UNIT

Devising

by Corinna Rezzelle

What is devising? It’s a process of playwriting as a group. Plays are created through improvisation, process dramas, and a lot of teamwork. The Devising Unit includes an overview to get you started, and 12 lessons jam-packed with activities.

This unit includes doing some basic Forum Theatre, which is a technique coined by Augusto Boal. It covers Process Drama in a variety of ways such as Hot Seating, Role on the Wall, and a fun exercise called “Character Bag”. There are also some great bonding games for your students to enjoy.

This unit is designed to show students (and teachers) that playwriting doesn’t have to be a solitary, lonely exercise. It can be a fun, sometimes chaotic, and very energetic experience.

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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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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Characterization

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students explore what makes a character interesting through the examination of physical objects. What do objects say about us? What can you infer about a person by the objects they carry with them? Students will role-play in process drama activities to explore characters and to create their own.

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LESSON PLAN

Physicalization / Stage Movement

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students explore how body language can show a story (i.e. how someone is feeling, character traits, relationships between characters, etc.). The lesson culminates in students using a physical elliptical scene (a scene with just stage directions) and adding movements, gestures, and body language.

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LESSON PLAN

Contentless Scenes / Building Scenes

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students will start their scene work first with a contentless scene, a one-minute scene, and then (for homework) write a one-page scene based on a real life experience.

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LESSON PLAN

Choosing a Topic

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students discuss and choose a topic for their devised piece.

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LESSON PLAN

Beginning to Write

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students begin putting the pieces together for their devised work. Students brainstorm on their topic, then participate in a movement piece and a forum theatre activity to explore their topic.

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LESSON PLAN

Building the Play

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students continue to build the play by writing and revising scenes, reading each other’s work, and providing feedback.

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LESSON PLAN

The Ren Run

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students will work in groups to create transitions in improvised tableaux and movement pieces. They will also participate in a “ren run” to practice improv blocking.

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LESSON PLAN

Revision

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson students watch the Ren Run then discuss the topic of revision. What is the message of the play? How do the scenes communicate the message? Note: Depending on the amount of revisions your students feel the play needs, revising might take longer than one lesson. Feel free to add time, if need be.

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LESSON PLAN

Rehearsal

by Corinna Rezzelle

In this lesson, students finalize casting, then start rehearsing. Focus the rehearsals on blocking. What is the necessary movement to communicate the content of the scene?

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LESSON PLAN

Rehearsal / Character Development

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students continue to rehearse. In this lesson, character development exercises deepen the students’ experiences and final products.

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Rehearsal / Designing the play

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students continue to rehearse. They also move on to the design phase of the project. The group will decide upon costuming and props for the performance. NOTE: Keep costumes and props simple. Black works well for costumes with colourful accents.

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LESSON PLAN

Final Rehearsal & Post Show Discussion

by Corinna Rezzelle

Students run the show before their performance. Pre- and post-show discussion questions are included as well as a post show reflection.

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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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