Students sit in a circle. One student whispers a sentence in the ear of the student sitting next to him. This student whispers it to the next student and so on until the sentence has gone the whole way around the circle. Ask the student at the end to repeat the sentence out loud.
Transition/Discussion – Why was the sentence different from the sentence that started this round? What could we do to fix this communication problem?
Instruction – articulation tools (taking notes in journal)
Ask students what they think helps them articulate? (refer to Theatre Arts in Action textbook pg. 32-33) lips, teeth, tongue, jaw Have students repeat together, “The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the articulatory tools.” Describe how you use these tools to articulate.
Discussion – Ask students to share good or bad examples they have witnessed.
Model – tongue twister from handout.
Group Practice – Divide students into groups of two. One student prepares to present a bad example and one student prepares to present a good example. Students may choose their own tongue twister or one from the handout.
Individually – Choose a tongue twister to perform. Perform this tongue twister using 2 different character voices by using vocal variations and add projection. Have students present these in the auditorium.
Closer – Ask students what they learned, where they might use these tools, who outside this classroom they think should use these tools. Have them record these ideas in their journals.