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Shakespeare Scenes

6: Practice Day


Drama 3


75 minutes


Students will be able to demonstrate effective and honest reflection by self-assessing their work prior to their preview performances.


• TH:Cr1.1.I.c
o Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.
• TH:Cr3.1.I.a
o Practice and revise a devised or scripted drama/theatre work using theatrical staging conventions.
• TH:Cr3.1.I.b
o Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.
• TH:Pr6.1.I
d. Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.


• An open space for practice
• A printed rubric for the performances - Shakespeare Scenes Rubric


• Ensure that an open space is ready and prepared for the activities.



Remind students that their preview performances are next class period and they are worth 100 points.

Step 1: Directions

Hand out the rubrics to the students. Explain that today, they will have a LARGE AMOUNT OF TIME to work. They should use it wisely. Over the course of the class period, explain that they must read through the rubric as a group. Then they must assess where they are at. If they were to perform today, what grade would they get? Explain that as a group they should grade their scene using the rubric. For each of the five categories that are being graded, they should also write a 2-3 sentence explanation as to why they deserve that grade.

Step 2: Group Practice

Allow students to work. Float around and stop at each group for several minutes. Assess where they are at according to the rubric. Offer suggestions. Direct and coach the acting. This is an active time for the instructor to see what is working in the scenes and what might need extra help.


The assessment for today is a competed rubric from each group. It is worth 20 points, if it is completed, with a short response for each category.