Thursday, 5 November 2009

Pirates Drama Lesson Plan

Free Lesson Plan for 6th Grade Drama Teaching

This lesson introduces new middle school students to physical theatre using the popular subject of pirates.

Students to begin to use their bodies in physical theatre.

Class Activity: Shapes
Move around the space individually as if:
  • the floor is very hot
  • the floor is very cold
  • the floor is like quicksand
  • they are being chased by crocodiles
After each, teacher calls out a number and students use their bodies to make that shape/ object.
  1. tree
  2. treasure chest
  3. a ship
  4. a cave entrance
Group work (groups of 4)
Devise a scene using the physical objects already made to tell their pirates adventures on the island that they are stranded on.
Perform 1 or 2 and evaluate.

Count down into a tableau and then thought tap all of the pirates about their situation.

Write their thought tap and say why they said this.

Teacher Assessment
Teacher Assessment of students participation in lesson
Q & A to test understanding of Drama Vocabulary and what skills are
Students Self-evaluation

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Drama Lesson Plan - Using Masks

This free lesson plan introduces students to mask usage through the use of body language, mime, gesture and frozen pictures

Learning Objectives
To learn the basic rules of what to remember when using a mask.

Take register and introduce objective
In a circle, each student steps forward and mimes
  • Hello/goodbye;
  • Happy/ sad;
  • I love you/ I hate you
  • Discuss differences/ observations.
Place 4 chairs facing the audience, each with a neutral mask on.
4 volunteers to sit on chairs and put masks on.
Audience suggests emotions, teacher counts down from 5 and volunteers strike a freeze to represent each.
Discuss observations.

Group work (groups of 4)
Each group devises the following, all to be performed in mime with masks
  • Boyfriend/ girlfriend meet in a park, he gives her flowers;
  • Her ex then turns up and causes an argument;
  • A passerby notices and gets a policeman.
Perform and evaluate.

Ask what the class has learnt about what to remember when using a mask?

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