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At the Improv. SIX drama speaking activities for the EFL/ESL Classroom

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Improv for EFL/ESL? Indeed! The six improvisation exercises detailed in this resource are intended to provide fluency practice and boost the confidence of all levels of language learners but can be used in drama classes as well.
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Mirror Exercise

For Teachers K - 6th
Kids get up and act! To promote inventiveness, timing, and clowning, they pair up and act as though they are looking in a mirror. Child A does a move while child B attempts to mimic it as closely as possible. This is a fun activity that...
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Tug of War Exercise

For Teachers K - 6th
Learners hone their acting and imagination by playing tug-o-war with an imaginary rope. Each group works together and pretends to pull the other group over the imaginary line with an imaginary rope. This could be a good improve warm up...
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Drama Warm Ups and Circle Games

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Circle games, energetic games, calming games, exit games. Whether used as ice breakers, warm ups, or exit strategies, or used in drama classes or content areas, the 28 games detailed in this packet deserve a spot in your curriculum library.
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Improv Exercises

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Here's an eight-page packet that describes 70 different improv activities to use as warm ups for drama classes. 
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Pantomime Exercise

For Teachers K - 6th
Learners of any age can learn to communicate using gestures and their bodies. They create a pantomime of a specific activity without using any words. This resource includes a link to an Off-Broadway Workshop for kids.
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Creative Drama and Improvisation

For Teachers 4th
Spend some time exploring various components of theater such as movement, voice, staging, ensemble, improvisation, characterization, directing, technical elements, and self-concept. They perform in various improvisation exercises and...
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Teaching Playwriting in Schools

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
The world is a stage, and so is your classroom! Hone the skills of the next generation of Tony® award winners with a set of exercises, reference pages, writing prompts, and excerpts from famous plays.
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Writing About Literary Text: Pygmalion and Galatea

For Students 6th Standards
Is it crazy to fall in love with your own work, or is that the purest love of all? Compare two renditions of the classic Greek myth Pygmalion and Galatea with a literary analysis exercise. After students compare the similarities and...
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Theater Units for Lower and Upper Elementary Levels

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Introduce middle schoolers to playwriting and the elements of drama with a six-session storytelling unit that encourages kids to expand their acting and writing skills. The 12-page packet includes overviews of the lessons, assessment...
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Peter and the Starcatcher: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Most scholars agree: watching a play is much more meaningful than reading the script to one! However, some teachers may worry it's impossible to assess comprehension through drama. After watching Peter and the Starcatcher, learners...
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The Judge and the Jury

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Unless you are a lawyer, you might not understand just how unrealistic Law and Order and other legal dramas actually are. Here's a great resource to help scholars of criminology gain a more realistic perspective. The lesson outlines the...
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A Story Through Drama

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders view a tape of a production from a story. They examine how the actors portray emotions using body and facial movements and expressions. They practice demonstrating an emotion before working in small groups to devise a skit...
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Act it Out

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars discuss racial stereotypes.  In this racial stereotypes lesson plan, students develop a character from information given to them on an index card.  Young scholars give their character a race different from their own and...
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Theater Lesson Plan

For Students 9th - 12th
How do actors so inhabit a role that viewers see that character and not the actor? Class members engage in a series of activities that ask them to observe the ways people move and speak and to consider how these external factors can be...
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 8 - Exercise 5a

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive English vocabulary skills activity, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Co-Operation: Drama

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
For some schools, character-counts lessons are a big part of the curriculum. This resource focuses on following directions and the importance of being a cooperative team player. Learners role-play a variety of situations by being...
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Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Need a musical lesson for your drama or performing arts class? VH1 has put together a really neat lesson, in which learners use biographical information about Alicia Keys to write and perform a one-act musical related to her life. This...
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Diamante Duos: characteristics of a diamante poem

For Teachers 6th - 8th
This resource on Diamante poems begins with a group activity that activates the class' thinking through a word association exercise. Next, they review the key elements of Diamantes. Then pupils practice their computer skills by designing...
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Authors on the Web: Information and Presentation Skills

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Help class members to identify key elements of biographies by analyzing the story, Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say. They use graphic organizers to sort reliable information they find while researching their favorite author online....
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Japan, Kabuki, and Bunraku: Crash Course Theater #23

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Kabuki and Bunraku may sound like new age exercise routines, but they're actually types of Japanese theater. An informational video describes the history of theater in Japan during the nineteenth century. The resource includes a...
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Traditional Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Familiarize your class with folktales and hit Common Core standards along the way. Before reading the provided short story, readers practice drawing and supporting inferences and analyzing the point of view in two short exercises. They...
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Picture This!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers use their imagination and creativity to create an original, five-minute scene from a given picture. They create a beginning, middle, and end/conclusion to the skit. They develop their basic acting techniques.
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The Nature of Chemical Change: Acting Out An Example

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students illustrate the molecular nature of matter and show that chemical change involves alteration of molecules.

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