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Lesson3-Playwriting

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Playwriting UnitLesson Plan Three
The Monologue: Characterization
Subject:Theatre Topic: PlaywritingTeacher: Mr. Kingsbury Date: April 29
th
2009
NC Standard Course of Study Objective:
 
COMPETENCY GOAL 1: The learner will write based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history.
1.01 Read, understand and relate the basic content of a play.
1.05 Write a monologue.
1. Focus and Review (Establish prior knowledge)
(a) Description of Activities and Setting 
i. Discuss the components of a monologueA. What should a monologue reveal to a listener?B. Who does a monologue typically address?C. Does a monologue traditionally have a plot structure like a play?
(b) Materials and Time 
i. Powerpoint slide 1: The Monologue
Characterizationii. 5 min.
2. Statement (Inform student of objectives)
(a) Description of Activities and Setting 
i. Move to slide 2: What to expect.ii. Go over with students the outline of what is expected in class today.A. What is a monologue?B. Direct and Indirect CharacterizationC. Creating characters and an eventD. Creating the beginnings of a monologue
(b) Materials and Time 
i. Powerpoint slide 2: What to expectii. 2
3 min.
3. Teacher Input (Present tasks, information, and guidance)
(a) Description of Activities and Setting 
i. Move to Powerpoint slide 3: The Monologue.A. Define and review parts of a monologueii. Ask students what they think characterization isiii. Move to Powerpoint slide 4: CharacterizationA. Define CharacterizationB. Explain to students direct and indirect characterization
(b) Materials and Time 
i. Powerpoint slides 3 and 4ii. 7 min.
 
4. Guided Practice (Elicit performance, provide assessment and feedback)
(a) Description of Activities and Setting 
i. Explain to students that they will be divided up into four groups; each group willbe given a sheet with an image on it, and a few questions.ii. Explain that each student will individually want to take notes on what is decidedas a group, as a basis for a later activity.iii. Each group must look at their image and answer the questions.iv. They then must come up with a short story revolving around that image,involving some form of conflict.v. If their image only has on character in the image, they must create a secondcharacter to be involved from outside of the image.vi. Each group must also develop the characters themselves, giving them names,identities, personalities, character traits, emotions, etc.
(b) Materials and Time 
i. Powerpoint slide 5: Character and event activityii. Character sheets, one per groupiii. Each student will need paper on which to take notes.iv. 10 min.
5. Independent Practice -- Seatwork and Homework (Retention and transfer)
(a) Description of Activities and Setting 
i. Students will be expected to take notes in their groups on the group work andthe story of their characters.ii. Students will then be expected to write a letter from the perspective of one of thethe characters in their story to the other character involved in their story,focusing on the elements of characterization previously discussed.
(b) Materials and Time 
i. Students will need paper on which to write.ii. 10 min.
6. Closure (Plan for maintenance)
(a) Description of Activities and Setting 
i. Each group must choose one representative who will share with the rest of theclass the group's picture, characters, and the story that is occurring. Eachgroup will present.ii. The instructor will have slides of the images projected so that everyone in theclass can see during the sharing.iii. Review elements of a monologue and direct and indirect characterization byasking students to expound on these, and discuss how the principles connect tothe recent class activities.
(b) Materials and Time 
i. Powerpoint slides 6
9: Character imagesii. Students will need their notes of the story and characters.iii. 10 min.
 
Sources:
Downs, William, Lou Wright, and Erik Ramsey.
The Art of Theatre: Then and Now 
. Belmont,CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2007. Print.
 
"Unit 3
Character."
Drama 30 
. Drama 30. 29 Apr 2009<http://www.saskschools.ca/curr_content/drama30/teacher/3writing.html>.
Powerpoint Outline:
Slide 1: The Monologue
CharacterizationSlide 2: What to Expect
What is a Monologue
Direct and Indirect Characterization
Creating characters and an event
Creating the beginnings of a MonologueSlide 3: The Monologue
A long speech by one character (human, animal or object) to self, an imagined othercharacter, or audience
Reveals (through voice) the speaker
’s personality, thoughts,emotions and some
aspects of his/her perception of life
Might resolve a conflict, solve a problem, entertain or persuadeSlide 4: Characterization
The author's portrayal, description of a specific identity within the play
Direct Characterization: The author literally tells the audience what a character is like.
Indirect Characterization: The audience must deduce for themselves what the
character is like through the character’s thoughts, actions, speech (choice of words,
way of talk
ing), looks and interaction with other characters, including other characters’
reactions to that particular person.Slide 5: Directions for Character and Event activity
Explain to students that they will be divided up into four groups; each group will begiven a sheet with an image on it, and a few questions.
Explain that each student will individually want to take notes on what is decided as agroup, as a basis for a later activity.
Each group must look at their image and answer the questions.
They then must come up with a short story revolving around that image, involvingsome form of conflict.
If their image only has on character in the image, they must create a second characterto be involved from outside of the image.
Each group must also develop the characters themselves, giving them names,identities, personalities, character traits, emotions, etc.Slide 6: NunSlide 7: ShcoolSlide 8: ClownSlide 9: Alien Bingo

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