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Acting Out (2 - 5)

Last changed: 08/13/2021 7:23pm
2 , 3 , 4 , 5 Phy. Education Theater
Theater English
Both Grade Level and Arts/PE Program Alignment
1 60 min
1 60 min
In-School Workshop
All Year In-School, Virtual
$5 0
$200 0
no Phone , In-Person , Email
I will provide copies of poem, "Today I Feel Silly" by Jamie Lee Curtis, which will be read out loud as a group.
The school is not responsible for any supplies.
If a stage is available that would be great, but if not the classroom works fine as long as there's space for students to warm-up & move around.
I can use my body and voice to convey the character's point of view from the script. I can study a script or text and use my imagination to bring it to life.
Students will first be lead through 2 theater exercises that will warm-up them up both physically & vocally and prepare them to start exploring emotions. The games are Emotion Freeze Off (where students have to pose like the emotion they are prompted) & Feelings Vortex (where as a class we take turns vocally expressing a phrase we would depending on our current emotion). After the introduction activity, the teaching artist will have the kids sit in a circle & pass out copies of the poem, "Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day" by Jamie Lee Curtis. As a group we will read through the poem & discuss its theme & characters. The discussions will vary depending on grade level & what Common Core Standard each grade is completing. Once the discussion is over the teaching artist will ask each student to pick their favorite stanza/emotion from the poem (there are 13 total). Then students will be grouped depending on which emotion they would like to work on. Once in groups the teaching artist will facilitate as the students work together on creating their own monologues based on an emotion inspired by the script. While the kids work in groups the teaching artist will visit groups to facilitate & provide feedback. Students will be encouraged to express themselves without judgement and to create a unique voice and physical demeanor to portray the emotion. For the remainder of the program, students will have the chance to perform their skits they rehearsed in front of the class. After presentations the workshop will close with a class discussion where students can share their observations and experiences.
Students will first be lead through 2 theater exercises that will warm-up them up both physically & vocally and prepare them to start exploring emotions. The games are Emotion Freeze Off (where students have to pose like the emotion they are prompted) & Feelings Vortex (where as a class we take turns vocally expressing a phrase we would depending on our current emotion). After the introduction activity, the teaching artist will have the kids sit in a circle & pass out copies of the poem, "Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day" by Jamie Lee Curtis. As a group we will read through the poem & discuss its theme & characters. The discussions will vary depending on grade level & what Common Core Standard each grade is completing. Once the discussion is over the teaching artist will ask each student to pick their favorite stanza/emotion from the poem (there are 13 total). Then students will be grouped depending on which emotion they would like to work on. Once in groups the teaching artist will facilitate as the students work together on creating their own monologues based on an emotion inspired by the script. While the kids work in groups the teaching artist will visit groups to facilitate & provide feedback. Students will be encouraged to express themselves without judgement and to create a unique voice and physical demeanor to portray the emotion. For the remainder of the program, students will have the chance to perform their skits they rehearsed in front of the class. After presentations the workshop will close with a class discussion where students can share their observations and experiences.
This program can be adapted for P.E. classes as well, with incorporating physicality, movement and mindfulness.
Yes a caregiver or teacher's assistant that can help pass out handouts or help the teaching artist work with groups would be great!

Grade 2

Grade 2: Reading Standards for Literature: Integration of Knowledge & Ideas #7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Grade 2: Theatre: Creating: Anchor Standard 1: c. Identify ways in which voice and sounds may be used to create or retell a story in guided drama experiences (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
PE Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Grade 3

Grade 3: Reading Standards for Literature: Integration of Knowledge & Ideas #7: Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed
by the words in a story (e.g., create mood,
emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
Grade 3: Theatre: Creating: Ancho Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work. B. Participate and contribute to physical and vocal exploration in an improvised or scripted
drama/theatre work.



Grade 3: Theatre: Creating: Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work. A. Collaborate with peers to revise,
refine, and adapt ideas to fit the given parameters of a
drama theatre work.
PE Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Grade 4

Grade 4: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas & Details #3: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event
in a story or drama, drawing on specific details
in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or
actions).
Grade 4: Theater: Creating: Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work. A. Revise and improve an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work through repetition
and collaborative review.



Grade 4: Theater: Creating: Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work. B. Develop physical and vocal exercise techniques for an improvised or scripted
drama/theatre work.
PE Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Grade 5

Grade 5: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas & Details #2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem
from details in the text, including how characters
in a story or drama respond to challenges or
how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic;
summarize the text.
Grade 5: Theatre: Anchor Standard 3: A. Revise and improve an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work through repetition and self-review.


Grade 5: Theatre: Anchor Standard 3: B. Use physical and vocal exploration for character development in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work.
PE Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
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