Unit 1: Superhero – 4 lessons
Authors: Sarah McDonald, Abi Nielsen
Revised by: Sarah McDonald
Previous Knowledge/Prior Experience: Students have already learned about tactics and objectives last year. Prior to this unit, they have created superheroes using multiple worksheets – designing their outfits, and choosing their superpower and name.
Unit Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate character development and exploration by stepping into role as the superhero characters they have created on paper, utilizing tactics and objectives.
- NTS TH:Pr5.1.3a. Participate in a variety of physical, vocal, and cognitive exercises that can be used in a group setting for drama/theatre work.
- TH:Cr2-5. Devise original ideas for a drama/theatre work that reflect collective inquiry about characters and their given circumstances.
- What is acting?
- Who is a superhero?
Key Knowledge and Skills:
- Character development
- Basic dialogue awareness
Authentic Performance Tasks:
- Create your superhero
- Create scenes for your superhero
- Perform scenes as the superhero you have created
Lesson #1: Get to Know You & Superhero Introduction! (Needs link once created)
Objective: Students will be able to create background information about their characters and understand why it is important by participating in a guided drama activity.
Lesson #2: Objectives/Tactics (Needs link once created)
Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate the effects of differing objectives and/or tactics by applying them to the lives and situations of their created superheroes.
Lesson #3: Physicality (Needs link once created)
Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate different elements of physicality by exploring the physical characteristics and tendencies of the superhero they created previously.
Lesson #4: Dialogue/Playwriting (Needs link once created)
Objective: Students will be able to further develop their superhero character in relationship to others by writing a short scene with a partner in which their superheroes interact.