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Improvisation

Created by Lindsay Price and Karen Loftus

Students sharpen their listening and reaction skills through improv games, exercises, and scenes. They will learn five specific guidelines to apply to their improvisation: accept the offer, bring information to the scene, make active choices, make your partner look good, and don’t force the humor.

Standards Addressed

Overview
The overview lays out the lessons within the unit, including time management and technology requirements.
Additional Attachments
1: Guideline 1: Accept the Offer
Students are introduced to Guideline 1 “Accept the Offer” and apply their knowledge through a warm-up and improv exercise.
2: Guideline 2: Make Choices
Students are introduced to Guideline 2 “Make Choices/Bring Information to a Scene” and apply their knowledge through a warm-up and improv exercise.
3: Guideline 3: Make the Active Choice
Students are introduced to Guideline 3 “Take the Active Choice” and apply their knowledge through a warm-up and improv exercise.
4: Guideline 4: Make Your Partner Look Good
Students are introduced to Guideline 4 “Make Your Partner Look Good” and apply their knowledge through warm-up and improv exercises.
5: Guideline 5: Relax, Have Fun, and Don't Force the Humor
Students are introduced to Guideline 5 “Relax, Have fun, and Don’t Force the Humor” and apply their knowledge through warm-up and improv exercises.
6: Unit Project
The final project will allow students to demonstrate their improv skills in a two-person scene.

Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr4.1.6.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 6

TH:Cr3.1.6.b - Identify effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work.

Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work - Grade 6

TH:Re9.1.6.a - Use supporting evidence and criteria to evaluate

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 7

TH:Cr3.1.7.b - Develop effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.b - Refine effective physical, vocal, and physiological traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Re9.1.HSII.c - Verify how a drama/theatre work communicates for a specific purpose and audience.

Common Core

California VAPA Standards (2019)

6.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr4.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

Florida Sunshine State Standards

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

MS 117.211 LI - Creative Expression: performance

C.2.A - demonstrate safe use of the voice and body.

MS 117.211 LI - Creative Expression: production

C.3.B - create suitable environments for dramatizations.

MS 117.211 LI - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.A - identify and apply audience etiquette at all performances.

HS 117.318 LIV - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.B - devise and model stage movement.

Alberta, Canada

Improvisation/Acting Level III - Advanced

26 - pick up cues effectively

Theatre Studies Level 1 - Beginning (performance analysis)

2 - identity specific criteria to assess a presentation

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 8 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Apply feedback to develop and refine ideas

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada

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