Introduction to various forms of creative drama, evaluate
use of adjectives as they relate to the individual learners.
MATERIALS: Tag board,
Students begin by creating their name tag (see attachment) this
takes about 2 class periods.
A discussion about adjectives precedes students writing
them on their nametag.
Once students have completed the nametag, write these words on the
board, and have students copy them into their notebooks, under the
Improvisation, Dramatization, Monologue, Readers Theater
Ask the students if they know what any of these words mean; class
discussion, brainstorm. Teacher
eventually writes the definitions on the board and the students
copy them into their notebooks.
Teacher then tells the students they are going to break into
groups of 4, and pantomime 2 of the adjectives they chose to put
on their nametag, and their peers are to guess what the words are.
Teacher walks around and observes groups acting out their
adjectives. Once all
students have presented in their groups, bring the class back
together as a whole and ask if any of the students would like to
share their pantomime with the whole group.
This is followed by a discussion of the process as a whole
This was a great lesson to begin the first
week of school. I
gave the students the nametag assignment on Thursday, let them
work on them in the classroom for 2 periods and then assigned it
as homework to be turned in on Friday.
The class discussion of the dramatic vocabulary began our
lesson on Friday; the students gave me great definitions for
imagination, but could not define the other 5 words. I used the definitions in our book, Creative Drama in the
Classroom by Nellie McCaslin, the students wrote the
definitions on their papers.
We then discussed pantomime and they told me it was similar
to a game they have played charades, I agreed with them and sent
them off into various locations in the classroom and hallway to
complete the pantomime of their adjectives.
I then walked around and observed at least one person in each
group go through the process of pantomiming one of their
students did a lot of guessing and I told them to think about the
letters in the actor’s name, rather then calling out random
words. A few students
I asked to try a different approach as their peers were having a
tough time figuring out the words.
I had not planned to have the students share a pantomime in
front of the whole class, but a few students asked if they could
do it for everyone.
The final class discussion was interesting.
I asked the students how they felt while doing this
exercise, these are the words they shared with me; fun, dumb,
embarrassing, easy, hard depending on the word you chose,
confusing, awkward, weird, crazy, hilarious, amusing, annoying,
exciting, COOL, entertaining.
This was a fun activity to introduce the students to
pantomime, and get them in the mode of thinking about drama.
I do think the majority of my students enjoyed the activity
and I had fun watching them.
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