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Process Drama Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson to teach your students about process drama used in theater. A text lesson guides students through the what, why and who of the process, then discusses techniques. Apply learning with active, hands-on activities and check understanding with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define process drama
  • explain how process drama works
  • discuss process drama techniques

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7

Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden's 'Musée des Beaux Arts' and Breughel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).

Instructions

  • Start the lesson by writing the prompt 'What is theater?' on the board and asking students to turn and talk to a partner to agree on an answer. Share ideas and discuss as a class.
  • Tell students they will be learning about something called process drama. Have them predict what the term means, then distribute the lesson Process Drama: Definition & Techniques.
  • Read the first sections 'Process Drama' and 'How Process Drama Works' together. Discuss:
    • How is process drama like and unlike traditional theater?
    • What is your experience with process drama?
    • What are the steps in process drama?
    • What is the focus with process drama?
    • What is the goal of process drama?
  • Now have students read the remainder of the lesson.
  • Choose a current event about which students have knowledge, such as global warming or political events.
  • Assign roles for students and have them participate in a process drama.
  • Hit the 'pause' button as necessary to tweak and interject to help students with their understanding.
  • Afterwards, give students the quiz to check understanding.

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