Crying on Stage Part 2


Students will demonstrate their ability to cry realistically on stage by applying crying techniques to their final assessment scenes.



Texts: Their bodies, the Greek tragedy scripts
Literacies: Using crying techniques to access the Greek text.






Have the three student volunteers from the previous lesson do the activities they have planned on breathing, tension, and shape in relation to crying on stage. Ask the class what techniques they have learned so far seem to help them the most. Which ones work for them? So they have any other ideas for techniques to cry realistically on stage?




STEP 1: Transition

Now it’s time to add this into your group scenes for your final performance. Get in your groups and identify who should cry in your scene and where they should cry?


STEP 2: Guided Practice

Give the students most of the class period to apply what they have learned to the crying portions in their final assessment scenes. Characters who do not have to cry should be helping their peers who do have to cry create realistic crying scenes. Walk around the room and help where needed to make the dying and crying in their scenes as realistic as possible.


STEP 3: Guided Practice

Allow a few groups to workshop the crying part of their scene in front of the class. Allow the class to give the groups “wins” (things they did well) and “opportunities” (things they could keep working on). Remind the students that they should all be applying the comments these groups are getting to their own scenes.



Give the students time at the end of class, if possible, to ask any remaining questions they have about crying or the final assessment in general. The assessments for this lesson are informal and are in the form of checks for understanding throughout the activities. A good check will be watching how they are applying the crying techniques to their scenes at the end of class.