Theatre reflects real life stories and experiences
Enduring Understanding 2:
Characters must be motivated from external and internal sources in order to be true and believable.
Essential Question 1:
Why do we need to consider the character’s life and personality in creating them onstage?
Essential Question 2:
How can we use our own experiences and what we already know about life to create the character?
Materials Needed: Large Paper for Graffiti Wall, Markers Hook: Where Space as Character: Start with one person who chooses a space with their character. Each student joins first student as they figure out where the person is. Step 1 – Practice: Runway Walks as character. Line students up 5 at a time. Individually, as their character they take their turn doing a “Runway Walk” as their character. Encourage them to make specific choices as they: Walk, Pose, walk off. Step 2 – Practice: Question Scene: As characters, two students improvise a scene where the all lines must be questions. If someone hesitates or fails to ask a question, another student takes their place. The scene continues as is, or can start over from the same position the last pair ended in. Be consistent. Step 3- Discussion: Why would questions help develop character? Lead to what are essential characteristics of characters that an actor needs to be able to play? Step 4- Practice: Students will do a graffiti wall in groups where they determine what are essential parts of a good character analysis Step 5- Discussion/Instruction: Go over graffiti walls. Step 6 – Practice: Begin to write character analysis
Final Assessment for Lesson 3:
Participation – 5 points for good attitude and effort.