Beginning Voice and Diction

by Megan Powell

Objective:

Students will demonstrate their ability to understand the qualities of voice and diction by performing a poem and puppet show.

 

Class Level:

Beginning

 

Main Concepts:

Voice, Diction, Volume, Rate, Tone, Pitch, Emotion in voice and body, effective communication

 

1994 National Standards:

CONTENT STANDARD 1: Script writing by improvising, writing, and refining scripts based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history.

CONTENT STANDARD 2: Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.

CONTENT STANDARD 3: Designing and producing by conceptualizing and realizing artistic interpretations for informal or formal productions.

 

Description:

Voice and Diction concepts are taught and then applied with a poem performance and then puppet show. The voice and diction unit is to be used in a beginning theatre class with ninety minute class periods.

 

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Intro to Voice and Diction
Students will demonstrate their ability to use projection and diction in speaking by creating a tongue twister and teaching it to the class.

 

Lesson 2: Rate and Pitch
Students will demonstrate their ability to control their voice by performing a nursery rhyme.

 

Lesson 3: Tone of Voice; Introduce Poem and Memory Skills
Students will demonstrate their ability to understand tone of voice by participating in the activities, choosing a poem, and beginning to work on it.

 

Lesson 4: Interpreting Poems
Students will demonstrate their understanding of scoring a poem by beginning to score their own and working on their poem in pairs.

 

Lesson 5: Movement with Poems
Students will demonstrate their ability to incorporate effective hand gestures or movement in their poems.

 

Lesson 6: Performing Poems
Students will demonstrate their understanding of vocal characteristics used when speaking on stage by performing a poem.

 

Lesson 7: Making Puppets
Students will demonstrate their ability to understand storyline by creating a storyline and characters and begin to make puppets that go along with their story.

 

Lesson 8: Performance Day
Students will demonstrate their ability to utilize voice and diction concepts by performing their puppet show.

 

Lesson 9: Performance Part 2 and Quiz
Students will demonstrate their ability to further understand voice and diction by performing their puppet show and taking a short quiz.

 

 

Beginning Voice and Diction Unit of Lessons.Megan Powell