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Part of the Drama One Curriculum


Created by Karen Loftus

This unit focuses specifically on the technical aspects of vocal production. By understanding how voice is created, students will be more aware of how to improve their vocal production. Students will explore posture and breathing exercises, as well as how to use the diaphragm, projection, and articulation. The final project will test students’ ability to properly project and articulate a joke across a large space.

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: What makes a “good voice?”
Students discuss and apply aspects of what makes a voice a “good voice:” projection, articulation, posture, proper breathing.
2: Resonance
Students learn about the resonators and use them in an exercise.
3: Articulation
Students learn about the articulators and use them with tongue twisters and additional exercises.
4: Unit Project
This is a simple project. Your students are going to tell a joke or riddle to the class. The reason to use a joke or a riddle (rather than a poem, prose piece, monologue, or scene) is students in the audience will want to hear the answer. They will be more engaged in the simple joke or riddle than passively listening to something else. See the add-on if you wish to have students apply projection and articulation to a scene.

Standards Addressed

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