How to Teach Your First Drama Class
If you are leading a drama club, or teaching your first drama class, this short intro works great! If you are doing some other project, go ahead and use this time to give a brief description of the project and what the kids will be doing.
Gather the kids in a quiet area of the room, or in the opening circle area. Ask students what they think that ‘acting’ is. There are many schools of thought, and many methods that apply here. If you have a theater background, you may have studied a particular technique. If you have no drama experience, you have almost certainly have “acted” many times in your life. For the purpose of this lesson plan, we are going to focus on embracing imagination and sense memory to teach acting. In this sense, young people are already naturally accomplished actors! All kids play make-believe and pretend.
As we grow up, most of us abandon our childhood dream-worlds in order to cope with “reality.” Any actor can put on a costume, memorize some lines, and say them loudly enough for everyone to hear. A great actor will make you believe that he is, in fact, in a saloon surrounded by ruffians, not on a hot stage in Denver. He makes you believe because he believes. He has re-entered that zone that children enter naturally.
Acting basically means playing pretend to such a degree, and involving all of the senses that you believe you are somewhere/someone else which in turns makes your audience believe.
- What are your favorite “pretend” games?
- Are you ever in one place while imagining you are somewhere else?
- How is playing pretend different from playing video games or watching TV?
- Have you ever seen a play?
- How is theater different from dance, music and visual art?
- Besides acting, what else goes into creating a play? (Set, props, costumes,
- sound, light, etc.)
Inside Drama Notebook, you will find a huge collection of well-organized lesson plans, scripts for kids, drama activities, 50 drama games on video and more! Join today and dramatically reduce your planning time while delivering fresh, innovative drama lessons to your students!If you are new to teaching drama, this site will be a Godsend!You will immediately feel confident about teaching drama like an expert. The site guides you step-by-step and provides you with materials that you can use right away with your students.
If you have been teaching for years, Drama Notebook will inspire you with a fresh new approach and innovative ideas!
The site is packed with original, innovative lessons and activities that you will not find anywhere else—and new materials are added monthly.