How does an actor analyze a script? Students start with character analysis (how do we learn about a character in a script? what are the facts/inferences about a character?) and then explore the ideas of “objective,” “obstacle,” “stakes,” and “tactics.”

The unit culminates with students applying learned script analysis techniques on an assigned scene. Please refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials.

Unit Overview

How does an actor analyze a script? Students start with character analysis (how do we learn about a character in a script? what are the facts/inferences about a character?) and then explore the ideas of “objective,” “obstacle,” “stakes,” and “tactics.” The unit culminates with students applying learned script analysis techniques on an assigned scene.

Additional Attachments
1: Getting to Know a Character

Students learn the 5 ways we learn about a character in a script.


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2: Characters in a Scene

This session uses a two-character scene to find facts and inferences about a character.

3: The Stanislavski Method

This session introduces the Stanislavski method of acting and four elements: objective, obstacle, stakes, and tactics.

4: Applying Analysis to Performance

This session reviews what students have learned about script analysis, and applies it to an open scene exercise.


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5: Unit Project

Students are given an assigned scene to analyze, focus on one character, and complete the script analysis assignment.


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Standards Addressed

Common Core


British Columbia (2018)


GRADE 8 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences

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