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Part of the Drama Two Curriculum


Created by Matt Webster

In the Monologue Unit, students will learn the building blocks of monologues while writing a simple monologue. This unit is divided into two parts.

In part one, the Monologue Writing Made Easy unit by Matt Banaszynski is reviewed or executed in full, depending on class needs.

In part two, students will dissect monologues as a vehicle for character and performance and will write more refined monologues based on existing fictional characters from fairytales or myths. Students will then rehearse and perform their monologues, as a final project for the unit.

Standards Addressed

The overview lays out the objectives, description, and lessons for the unit, including pre-knowledge requirements and review.
Additional Attachments
1: Monologue Writing Made Easy Unit
Part one of this unit includes either the execution of the Monologue Writing Made Easy unit, or a review of concepts, depending on your class needs. - If materials have not been previously introduced, execute the entire unit before starting part two. - If some materials have been previously covered, review major concepts and terminology, introduce any new concepts, then move on to part two.
2: Rashomon
Students apply the Rashomon format to understand the concept of seeing a familiar story through a different set of eyes.
3: The Criteria of a Good Monologue
Students review a monologue to analyse components that make a good monologue (A need to speak. A specific character voice. A journey). Students will use this criteria as the basis of their original monologue.
4: The Need to Speak
Expanding on the criteria of a good monologue, students​ ​will​ ​write a short​ ​”need to speak” monologue.
5: Culminating Project: Performing Monologues
Students will perform their revised monologues. The teacher will evaluate the monologues with the provided rubric.

Standards Addressed

Common Core

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

Alberta, Canada

Theatre Studies Drama 30 (Early or Middle or Late drama)

4 - recognize dramatic structure of a play

Theatre Studies Level 1 - Beginning (performance analysis)

1 - demonstrate understanding of the need for analysis of the work of self and others

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 8 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Reasoning and reflecting

Receive, offer, and apply constructive feedback

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Connecting and expanding

Demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the audience

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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