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Ch 2: Acting & Theater Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Refer to these short lesson plans if you are teaching your performing arts students basic information about acting and the theater. These plans detail fun activities you can use in the classroom to have your students understand these acting and theater concepts.

Acting & Theater Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

From script reading to role playing, the lesson plans contained in this chapter provide you with many ideas you can use in conjunction with your daily lessons to help your students apply concepts discussed in class. These fun activities allow students to learn more about such topics as process drama, theater voice, monologue, parts of a script, stage movement and theater etiquette.

Support your existing syllabus with video and text lessons that you can use as classroom materials or assign for your students to review at home. Each lesson contains a brief quiz that helps you determine what concepts your students understand and which they might need to continue reviewing.

How It Helps

  • Class discussion questions/topics: Describes how to use lessons to generate discussions and encourage student participation
  • Activities or games: Provides detailed suggestions for group and individual activities that enhance your students' learning of acting and theater concepts
  • Additional resources: Utilizes video and text lessons that can expand on your existing class materials to help students better understand basic or more advanced acting and theater topics

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning acting and theater lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific acting and theater topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your performing arts class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related acting and theater lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of acting and theater.
  • Engage your students with relevant acting and theater-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

29 Lessons in Chapter 2: Acting & Theater Lesson Plans
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Basic Acting Skills Lesson Plan

1. Basic Acting Skills Lesson Plan

Educate your students on various basic acting skills with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in two fun hands-on activities.

Theatre History Essay Topics

2. Theatre History Essay Topics

Theater has a rich and interesting history, and your students might benefit from thinking critically about it. This lesson offers a series of essay topics that will help your students describe and analyze major themes in theater history.

Plays for High School Students

3. Plays for High School Students

There are many high school plays to choose from. Here are the most important details you need to know about some of today's most popular high school plays.

Process Drama Lesson Plan

4. Process Drama Lesson Plan

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.

Process Drama: Definition & Techniques

5. Process Drama: Definition & Techniques

Theater can be entertaining, but also a great teaching tool. In this lesson, we are going to talk about process dramas and see how they are used in both the theater and the classroom.

Readers Theater Lesson Plan

6. Readers Theater Lesson Plan

Readers theater might be described as a deconstructed method of acting. This lesson plan teaches students about readers theater with the help of a text lesson and a simple performance activity.

What is Readers Theater? - Definition & Examples

7. What is Readers Theater? - Definition & Examples

Readers theater sometimes is what it sound like it should be, and sometimes a little more. It has a foothold both in the performing arts world and in education. Read your way into this lesson, however theatrically you choose, and learn more.

Readers Theater Scripts & Ideas

8. Readers Theater Scripts & Ideas

In this lesson, we will discuss how to create potential scripts and ideas that could be used for readers' theater. We will also include why the script or idea is appropriate and how a teacher could use it for students of any age.

Theatre Voice Lesson Plan

9. Theatre Voice Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the parts of the body that control vocal projection as well as techniques to enhance projection. They will use tongue twisters to put this into practice.

Theatre Voice: Techniques & Exercises

10. Theatre Voice: Techniques & Exercises

Explore vocal techniques and exercises to train the voice for theatrical performance. Learn how the voice works and what is needed for a healthy, resonant, and clear voice.

Theatre Etiquette Lesson Plan

11. Theatre Etiquette Lesson Plan

The earlier in life students learn etiquette for different situations, the more respectful (and respectable) they will be. Your students can learn all about theatre etiquette as they discuss etiquette rules and create theatre etiquette posters.

Theatre Monologue Lesson Plan

12. Theatre Monologue Lesson Plan

Dramatic monologues are stand-out moments in plays that can be fun to teach and learn. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to define and explain dramatic monologues, then gives students a chance to explore the concept actively.

Puppet Theatre Lesson Plan

13. Puppet Theatre Lesson Plan

If your class is learning about drama, this lesson introduces students to puppet theater. Students will create a brochure about an aspect of puppetry, create their own puppet, and use puppets to act out a scene from a novel, story, or play.

Parts of a Script: Plays & Films

14. Parts of a Script: Plays & Films

Discover if you are a screenwriter or a playwright. Explore the similarities and differences of writing plays and films, and learn how to bring your ideas to life on the pages of a script.

Drama Character Development Lesson Plan

15. Drama Character Development Lesson Plan

Help students understand character development in a drama with this lesson plan. A video lesson explains how to analyze dramatic works, then students focus their understanding on a specific dramatic character in literature.

Stage Movement & Blocking Lesson Plan

16. Stage Movement & Blocking Lesson Plan

Help your students explore the technical side of acting with help from this lesson plan. They will read a text lesson about blocking and movement on stage, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Stage Movement & Blocking: Definition & Rules

17. Stage Movement & Blocking: Definition & Rules

This lesson introduces the concept of blocking and stage movement, discussing what it is, who creates it, stage directions, orientation, and what the movements convey.

Writing a Monologue Lesson Plan

18. Writing a Monologue Lesson Plan

What is a monologue? In this lesson, we will discuss the meaning and purpose of a monologue. We will also look at the format of a monologue and investigate tips and tricks for writing one.

How to Write a Monologue: Format, Ideas & Tips

19. How to Write a Monologue: Format, Ideas & Tips

With its central focus on dialogue, writing a script is no easy feat. Watch this lesson to discover how to use a dramatic monologue to enhance your characters and storyline in a drama or movie.

Monologue Lesson Plan for Elementary School

20. Monologue Lesson Plan for Elementary School

As younger students learn about theater, understanding and creating monologues is important. This lesson includes activities to help students create their own monologue, as well as monologues for characters in picture books.

Monologues Lesson for Kids: Examples & How to Write

21. Monologues Lesson for Kids: Examples & How to Write

In this lesson, we'll explore some famous monologues from children's books and movies. We'll also learn how to write our own monologues, using those examples as models.

Broadway Musicals Lesson Plan

22. Broadway Musicals Lesson Plan

Educate your students about Broadway musicals with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in three fun, hands-on activities to reinforce some main concepts.

Broadway Musicals: History & Shows

23. Broadway Musicals: History & Shows

What is Broadway, and what makes a show a Broadway production? This lesson looks at the history of Broadway theater, what decides Broadway vs. off-Broadway productions, and today's most successful shows.

Musical Theatre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

24. Musical Theatre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about musical theater. Students will answer questions about a text and summarize the progression of musical entertainment.

History of Musical Theatre: Lesson for Kids

25. History of Musical Theatre: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about the history of musical theater. You'll learn about where it started and how it changed throughout the centuries as well as about some of its different forms.

Role Play Lesson Plan

26. Role Play Lesson Plan

Role playing is a fun way to demonstrate creativity in acting. Your students will learn about role play as they read a text lesson, demonstrate role playing, and take a quiz to test their knowledge.

What is Role Play? - Definition, Scenario Ideas & Activities

27. What is Role Play? - Definition, Scenario Ideas & Activities

Role playing is a fun theatrical exercise that is a cross between improvisation and performing in a play. It blends creativity with structure to help actors hone their craft and is an important skill for an actor to develop.

A Beautiful Mind Lesson Plan

28. A Beautiful Mind Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you facilitate your students' understanding of the book 'A Beautiful Mind' by Sylvia Nasar. After reading the book, students will explore the author's purpose and research the relationship between mental illness and genius.

Script Writing Activities

29. Script Writing Activities

Engaging your middle or high school students in script writing activities can seem challenging. These activities will help students work out their writing muscles using short exercises with rewarding results.

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