Non-Verbal Communication Pantomime Scenes

by Ellen Williams


Unit Objective:

The student will demonstrate their understanding of non-verbal communication in terms of movement, character, environment, and props by performing a pantomime duo scene.


Learning Level:



Prior Experience:

Basic acting – Objectives, Tactics; Performance Experience


National Standards:

TH:Cr3.1.HSI Proficient

a. Practice and revise a devised or scripted drama/theatre work using theatrical staging conventions. b. Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work. c. Refine technical design choices to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/ theatre work.


TH:Pr4.1.HSI Proficient

a. Examine how character relationships assist in telling the story of a drama/theatre work. b. Shape character choices using given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.


TH:Pr5.1.HSII Accomplished

a. Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.


TH:Pr6.1.HSII Accomplished

a. Present a drama/theatre work using creative processes that shape the production for a specific audience.


TH:Re7.1.HSI Proficient

a. Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.


Big Idea(s):

Non-Verbal communication is crucial to performing and communication.


Essential Questions:

How does physical movement aid or detract from storytelling? How can I access emotion through movement? Can you communicate without any verbal language? How can I incorporate my non-verbal skill in a verbal performance?


Key Knowledge and Skills:

Students Will Know – Leading, pantomime, elements of pantomime (shape, size, weight), animal physicalization

Student Will Be Able To – Determine character physicalization, develop a pantomime story, rehearse and improve work, incorporate physical communication in traditional acting.


Authentic Performance Tasks:

Animal improvisations, space walks, magic box, ball toss, Create and perform a 3-5 min pantomime scene.




Lesson 1: Observing others Movement

Objective – Students will demonstrate their ability to observe and mimic movement by successfully mirroring another student’s movement and recognize how the already use movement to communicate.


Lesson 2: Physical Exploration

Lesson Objective – Students will be able to explore their bodies movement in a purposeful way by participating in space walks and reflecting on what they learned in an informal journaling activity.


Lesson 3: Emotion and Character

Unit Objective: Students will be able to portray emotion and character by participating in space walks and animal improvisations.


Lesson 4: Pantomime

Lesson Objective: Students will display and understanding of pantomime by playing the magic box game.


Lesson 5 – Pantomime Scenes

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of pantomime stories by creating a pantomime storyline for two performers.


Lesson 6 – Pantomime Exploration

Lesson Objective: Students will demonstrate and understanding of non-verbal communication elements by exploring character, environment, and emotion in a space-walk.


Lesson 7 – Pantomime Objects

Lesson Objective – Student will demonstrate their understanding of pantomiming objects by playing the magic box with specific objects they use in their pantomime scene.


Lesson 8 – Rehearsal

Lesson Objective: Students will demonstrate successful rehearsing skills by completing a rehearsal bingo board.


Lesson 9 – Performance

Lesson Objective: Students will display understanding of non-verbal communication by performing their duo improvisation scenes.


Non-Verbal Communication.Pantomime Unit Lessons.Ellen Williams