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Character Embodiment

Grade Level:8

Subject:

Drama

Overview & Purpose Students will be asked to practice the art of embodying someone else. The
improvisation of a certain character will allow a student to gain confidence in front an
audience doing something they are not necessarily comfortable with. This lesson will
guide the students to realize the importance of specific traits when creating a
character profile in drama.

Teacher

Prepared By:

Kourtney
Fesser

Date:
March 1,
2016

Broad Areas of Learning: Cross Curricular


Competencies:
- Broad Areas of Learning: Cross Curricular
Competencies:
- Sense of Self, Community and Placethey are looking at the idea of identity
in more detail

Students

Outcomes/Indicators

Assessment

Accommodations/Modificati
ons

Demonstrate how dramatic


characters interact in relationships
within the drama and/or collective
creation.
Improvise, compose, and perform
(e.g., with voice, instruments, and
technologies) a selection of pieces
in contrasting styles.

Keep notes about how well the


students are working together
in group discussions
- Assess if every student is
active in the production ( each
student must have a part in
the skit- speaking part)
Keep a piece of paper that I have
personal notes for each group on
-

Certain students in the class


have problems working
together with other students.
Allow them to get up and
perform a scene of a certain
character by themselves.
Some of the students are too shy to
get up in front of their classmates; if
it is necessary allow certain students
to perform their skit to me at a later
time

Demonstrate awareness of how focus is


maintained and shifts during pair, small,
and whole group drama work.
Demonstrate confidence and curiosity
when assuming different kinds of roles in
drama work.
Improvise simple pieces around a given structure.

Discussion of how their peers


skits went
- Allow group discussion after each
group presents where there is
opportunity to have structured
feedback for each group
Discuss how well they could tell what
character was being portrayed

Materials
Needed
pen

paper
scissors

Procedures

Start with a class discussion


about the importance of
characters in the previous
activity we did ( movie scene)
Reiterate the importance of
showing characters traits in
the skits
Introduce the new assignment
of wanting to work on the
students becoming a
character ( embody the
person, impressions)
Have the students choose one
famous person out of a bag of
names already prepared
The famous individuals can be
singers, politicians, athletes
etc..
The students must create a
skit ( whatever they want)
that incorporates the
characters so we can guess
who is supposed to be
portrayed
The one rule is that the
students cannot use names in
the activity
This rule ensures that
students are practicing
embodying another
individuals personality
Then the rest of the class
must guess who was being
portrayed in the skits and
have a class discussion about
how their peers performances
went

Listen to the directions


Contribute to the class
discussions
- Work collaboratively with your
group being sure that everyone is
involved
Contribute to class discussion of peer
reviewing other classmates work (be
constructive)

Other Resources
- Cell phone/
computer
( look up
clips of the
characters)

Closure
(Reinforce the lesson)

Reflections
(What went well; what could
be improved)

Have a major class discussion


at the end where you discuss
what worked and what didnt
Ex) did people use accents, body
language, hand gestures, etc
-

First time I did this exercise it


flopped since the students
were just saying lyrics of the
famous person and were not
actually embodying the
character
The second round went way
better when I explained and
gave examples of what I was
looking for and I also cut their
prep time in half which forced
the students to create better
efficient skits

Be engaged in the class discussion

Additional Notes
- Make the
rule of no
lyrics
Maybe allow the
students to all act out a
certain character at the
same time?