Students will demonstrate their understanding of voice as a tool for character development by creating character voices and creating a cartoon in a small group project.
7-9; 85-minute class periods
Drama 1 is a prerequisite for Drama 2. All students in Drama 2 are familiar with the basic concepts of voice (pitch, tone, rate, projection, diction, etc.). In this unit, we are exploring voice more in depth as a tool for creating and developing character.
Standard L2.T.R.2: Evaluate responses based on personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Standard L1.T.P.5: Use voice to communicate meaning through volume, pitch, tone, rate of speed, and vocal clarity.
Standard L1.T.R.2: Defend responses based on personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Standard L2.T.P.6: Use imagination to inform artistic choices.
Standard L2.T.P.3: Observe, listen, and respond in character to other actors throughout a scripted or improvised scene.
Standard L2.T.P.1: Develop the character, setting, and essential events in a story or script that make up the dramatic structure in a drama/theatre work.
Standard L2.T.R.6: Develop detailed supporting evidence and criteria to reinforce and defend artistic choices when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
How can variances volume, pitch, tone, rate, and vocal clarity create different characters?
How can creating meaning and applying principles of vocal technique in a performance promote empathy?
Can you identify and analyze another person’s use of vocal techniques and practices in their own performance?
Breath and body awareness are essential to proper voice support
Different vocal choices convey a variety of meanings
Feeling empathy through embodying a character’s voice
Using articulation and controlled rate of speech to speak clearly
Authentic Performance Tasks:
Performing a Short Poem (Lesson 3): For this assessment, students must exhibit the following while reading a short poem: Projection, Diction, Vocal Variety/ Expression (pitch, tone, and rate)
Creating a Character (Lesson 4): Students are going to create an animated character.
Making their Cartoons (Lesson 5 and 6): In their groups, they will brainstorm a story and create a cartoon using character voices.
Cartoon Presentations (Lesson 7): Students will evaluate other cartoons within these areas on the rubric they have been given for this project (included in Lesson 7 materials) as they will be evaluated for their own project’s grade.
Educational Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of vocal variety and character development by creating an original character and answering questions about that character while using their unique character voice.