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Drama Classes - A Quality Lesson Plan for Drama Warm Ups
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Lesson Plan Basics
Aims and Objectives
Lesson Plan Basics
The lesson plan is a key working document for any teacher and should be straightforward to follow. One of the basic rules to remember when writing out a lesson plan is to say to yourself - If I had to call in sick this morning would a colleague of mine be able to take class following my lesson plan?
If the answer to that is- I don't think so because it's clunky and chaotic and confusing - then you should reconsider your lesson plan format and simplify the content. This is important because a well written lesson plan:
- shows clearly what your students are currently studying.
- gives clarity and promotes a step by step management approach.
- helps you proceed through the lesson with focus on achievements and outcomes.
- enables you to give the right amount of time to each activity.
Your lesson plan for drama should be with you all of the time you are teaching, safely kept if possible in a teaching file. This file should contain all of the documents you need to teach, with spare sheets at the back. Some teachers keep their lesson plans on their laptop or computer but it's best to have a paper version as back up just in case.
All information relevant to your lesson should be on your lesson plan.
- Subject: Drama
- Room/Venue: Drama Hall
- Date, Time, Duration: March 12 2015, 2pm-2.55pm, 55 minutes
- Level: Pre-Intermediate
- Teacher and Staff: Mr Smith Miss Jones
- Students: Year 12
- Number of Students: 15
You should be clear about your lead in. Have each step ready for the group and keep things simple. Use pictures or cards to help your students understand what's expected of them in the lesson.
Remind them of targets and how they might achieve good results.
An enthusiastic five minute lead in can help inspire your students and get them ready for learning.
Aims and Objectives
Are your aims and objectives realistic for the group you are taking?
Aims - these are about general intent.
Objectives - these are more specific and precise.
Aims and Objectives
make informed choices
choose a warm up from the written list
use and share resources
set up, use resources for each activity
move limbs, stretch, pass a large ball around circle
use voice, sign or gesture to interact with other students
perform in front of group solo or in a pair
Activities From Objectives
Your next step is to break down the objectives into workable learning activities for each student. Try to make sure these activities relate to individual targets.
Individual Learning Activities
Individualised targets can be specifically tailored to students to help them achieve. These can be written into the lesson plan and embedded next to photographs.
So student A for example following the lesson plan from above:
Aim : to follow instructions
Objective : to perform solo to group
Individual Learning Activity: learn 4 emotional gestures and use props
As teacher you would have to work out an achievement timeline for student A before going on to the next target. This would be determined by curriculum constraints and the general nature of the course you are working on.
- choose written warm up from list and write it down on whiteboard ( 5 mins)
- set up chosen activity using props/resources (5 mins)
- help lead group through warm up (10 -15 mins)
- develop character by following storyline (10 - 15 mins)
- focus on specific personal targets ( 10 - 15 mins)
- narrate script/text whilst others dramatise (10 mins)
- give feedback during discussion (5 -10 mins)
Your teaching activities are listed below but are not in any particular order. You may for example have a new class and will have to prioritise demonstration and the outlining of ideas. There should still be specific targets set for individuals but you may have to adjust them following the first lesson or two.
- outline ideas.
- demonstrate where necessary.
- facilitate smaller groups ( after 30 mins).
- set individuals specific targets.
- evaluate progress.
- use differentiation.
Assessment means finding out if your students are learning what they are supposed to learn and achieving their individual targets. In the class these days assessment is so much more than a test or exam, although these are still important. Active student participation is encouraged as this allows the student more control over their own destiny. The methods listed are just some of the ways to assess your class.
- Question and Answer
- Feedback and Discussion
- Memory Recall/Test
This is basically a list of objects, props, costumes- anything material you use in your lesson.
Box of props
Books, Scripts, texts.
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