Students will demonstrate their ability to use various vocal techniques such as tone, rate, pitch, volume, enunciation, and projection by creating a script with characters and sound effects for a radio drama and then performing them as a group.
Drama 1 (created for a middle school class with mostly 8th graders plus a few 7th and 9th)
Half the students already knew about plot structure and some of the basic vocal traits and techniques. Two students were more advanced. The rest of the students have never taken a drama class before.
National Arts Standards for Unit:
Standard 7–8.T.CR.3: Use form and structure to create a scene or play with a beginning, middle, and end that includes full character development, believable dialogue, and logical plot outcomes.
Standard 7–8.T.P.3: Observe, listen, and respond in character to other actors throughout a scripted or improvised scene
Standard 7–8.T.CR.4: Define roles, identify responsibilities, and participate in group decision making.
Standard 7–8.T.CR.5: Explore physical, vocal, and emotional choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.
Standard 7–8.T.CR.5: Create and sustain a believable character throughout a scripted or improvised scene.
Standard 7–8.T.CR.7: Recognize that participating in the rehearsal process is necessary to refine and revise.
Standard 7–8.T.P.5: Communicate meaning using the voice through volume, pitch, tone, rate, and clarity.
Standard 7–8.T.P.6: Use imagination to inform artistic choices.
Standard L1.T.R.8: Apply appropriate theatre terminology to describe and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of own or the group’s work.
Theme, plot, and acting choices all come together to tell a story.
Objective: Students will demonstrate an ability to incorporate technical elements into a performance as they write sound effect cues into their scripts and find ways to produce those sound effects in a performance.