by Anderson, Ansted, and Clarke


by Ashlyn Anderson, Jennifer Ansted, Nichole Clarke


Proficiency Level:

Proficient—Drama 1 students


Class Length:

Nine 80-minute lessons


Unit Objective:

Students will demonstrate their ability to interpret and respond to artistic mediums and their understanding of physical viewpoints by creating, rehearsing, and performing a 2-3 minute silent group scene in response to an artistic work.


Prior Knowledge:

Students have already completed units on improvisation and vocal viewpoints before beginning this physical viewpoints unit. They have a basic knowledge of group scene work and rehearsal.


2014 National Core Arts Theatre Standards:

  • TH:Cn10.1.I.a. Investigate how cultural perspectives, community ideas and personal beliefs impact a drama/theatre work.
  • TH:Re8.1.I.c. Justify personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs through participation in and observation of a drama/theatre work.
  • TH:Pr5.1.I.a. Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.
  • TH:Cr3.1.I.a. Practice and revise a devised or scripted drama/theatre work using theatrical staging conventions.


Enduring Understandings:

  • Connecting: Theatre artists explore the way different people respond to the same work of art.
  • Responding: Theatre artists’ interpretations of art are influenced by personal experiences and aesthetics.
  • Creating: Theatre artists refine their work and practice physical choices through rehearsal.
  • Connecting: Theatre artists allow awareness of interrelationships to influence and inform their work in rehearsal.
  • Performing: Theatre artists make strong performance choices to effectively convey meaning.


Essential Questions:

  • Connecting: What happens when theatre artists allow an understanding of themselves and the world to inform perceptions about theatre and the purpose of their work?
  • Responding: How can the same work of art communicate different messages to different people?
  • Creating: How do theatre artists transform and edit their initial ideas?
  • Performing: Why are strong choices essential to interpreting a drama or theatre piece?



Lesson 1 Interpretation & Movement

Lesson 2 Viewpoints of Time

Lesson 3 Viewpoints of Space – Shape

Lesson 4 Viewpoints of Space – Spatial Relationships

Lesson 5 Viewpoints of Space – Gesture

Lesson 6  Viewpoints of Space – Topography and Architecture

Lesson 7 Combining Viewpoints

Lesson 8 Rehearsal

Lesson 9 Performances



Spatial Relationship

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