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Contrasting Monologues

Objective: Students will demonstrate an ability to find and perform "good" monologues by performing two contrasting monologues in class.
Subject: Scenes & Monologues - Acting
Class Level: Beginning
Main Concepts: Objectives, Tactics, Contrasting Monologues, Fourth Wall, Intros, Endings, Transitions
National Standards:

CONTENT STANDARD 1: Script writing by improvising, writing, and refining scripts based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history.

CONTENT STANDARD 2: Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.

CONTENT STANDARD 4: Directing by interpreting dramatic texts and organizing and conducting rehearsals for informal or formal productions.

CONTENT STANDARD 6: Comparing and integrating art forms by analyzing traditional theatre, dance, music, and visual arts, and new art forms.

CONTENT STANDARD 7: Analyzing, critiquing, and constructing meanings from informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions.

CONTENT STANDARD 8: Understanding context by analyzing the role of theatre, film, television, and electronic media in the past and the present.

Author: Jennifer Chandler

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: What makes a monologue good?

Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize objectives in a monologue by creating one with an objective.

Lesson 2: Tactics, and why there must be more than one

Students will demonstrate an understanding of tactics by improvising a monologue and using at least three tactics while doing so.

Lesson 3: Contrasting Monologues

Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize contrasting monolgues by picking two and having them approved by the teacher.

Lesson 4: Fourth Wall - where to look when performing

Students will demonstrate a knowledge of "where to look when performing monologues" by applying it to their own monologues in class.

Lesson 5: Beginnings/Introductions - How to do it properly

Students will demonstrate knowledge of a proper introduction by performing one in class in connection with their prepared monologues.

Lesson 6: Endings - What not to do!

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to end a monologue by adapting it to their own performance in class.

Lesson 7: Transitions - Smooth vs. Jerky

Students will demonstrate an understanding of what a smooth transition is by performing one in class.

Lesson 8: Performance Day

Students will demonstrate their ability to apply all information taught in this unit by performing their two monologues with all things discussed included.

Author's Notes:

What students should know before this unit: 

  • Students should have experience in acting and auditions.  They should know how to memorize.