Part of the Drama One Curriculum


Created by Karen Loftus

In this unit, students will explore nonverbal communication: first, through body language and gesture, and then through the specific art of pantomime. Students will learn hand position, tension, follow-through, and action/reaction/interaction with objects through warm-up games and exercises. The unit culminates in a two-person pantomime performance.

Unit Overview
The overview lays out the structure of the unit, including objectives, materials list, lesson structure and assessment and time management tools.
Additional Attachments
1: Gesture
Students discuss and apply the different ways one can communicate through gesture.
2: The Specifics of Holding an Object
Students are introduced to the techniques of hand position, tension, follow through, action/reaction/interaction.
3: Tableau
Students continue exploring nonverbal communication through tableaux.
4: Unit Project
The final project for this unit is a simple two-person pantomime of up to one minute in length. The objective is for students 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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