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Part of the Drama One Curriculum

What is Theatre?

Created by Karen Loftus

Students will explore the question “what is theatre?” and analyze it by comparing film and television productions. Each session comes with an journal prompt, a warm up game, and an exit slip for assessment. This is a great unit to start off a school year.

Feel free to customize it as much as you want, and refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials. While you’re analyzing “what is theatre?” with your students, you can introduce classroom procedures and do icebreaker/trust games. You can also remind the kids that Theatre is Ensemble - all of the games they play help to build ensemble.

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Unit Overview
Students will explore the question “what is theatre?” and analyze it by comparing film and television productions.
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1: What is Theatre?
Students discuss and identify a working definition for theatre.They create a “Theatre Is….” poster for the room and are introduced to the concept of a ‘dramatic moment.’
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2: Theatre Role Definitions
This session has students discuss the benefits of live theatre over film and apply the definition of the playwright, actor and director
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