Name – Sarah Kirschman Subject – Arts Education [Drama]
Lesson Length – 1 hour Grade – 5/6
Content – Absurdum in Drama
Teaching Strategy – student involvement, demonstration, group work, copy and follow
Outcome – CP6.5 – Select and use focus, tension, conflict, and symbol to convey ideas.
Indicators – d) Use the language and vocabulary of drama
- c) Describe how ideas expressed through symbol
Prerequisite Learning – Students must know what conflict is and what tension is. Students have learned about tableaux, neutral, blocking, improvisation, and other basic drama rules.
SWBAT – Understand absurdum and utilize various drama techniques (tableaux, neutral, improvisation, etc.) to create a scene.
Set – A basic warm-up with the students, going through a vocal and physical stretch. The students will be reminded about neutral, projection, dristhi point, blocking.
- Explanation of what absurdum is in relation to drama (Putting life into something meaningless. Giving personality to an inanimate object.)
- An example will be given (shiny cd – full of itself, shallow, rich, jack of all trades)
- Students can separate themselves into groups of two-three.
- We will go around and give preplanned objects
- Write on the board the five things they are expected to include in their scene.
- Time – aim for a minute in length
- Tableaux – three levels, stillness
- Focus – in character, no laughing
- Neutrals – before and after scene
- Creativity – each character is different
- After everyone has a scene, we will reconvene and perform.
Conclusion – Students will perform and we will grade.
Adaptive Dimension –
- They can be whatever character they choose, as long as it is the object given
- Opportunity to perform their scene for the teacher before being marked, to get feedback and hints
- Control over what the scene is about
Professional Development Plan
Name: Sarah Kirschman
Professional Target: Time Management
Steps to Achieve Target: Watch time while doing a warm up and make sure I give every group the time they need for me to give them CCCs.
Instructions to Observer: Make sure my warm up is ten minutes, give or take a minute. Equal, or as equal as possible time given to each group during the creation process.