Scene Study by Lauren Dolan

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After this unit, students will have blocked, rehearsed, workshopped, and performed their own scenes. Through table work and explaining objectives, beats, and tactics, students will understand the importance behind working through their scenes on paper before putting it on its feet. They will know what active verbs are and what it means when two objectives conflict. Students will also learn the importance of developing relationship between their characters and how that influences the effectiveness of the scenes. Students will also learn how to block a scene. They will understand the difference between plane, level, and focus, and how to utilize them in order to best represent what is happening in the scene.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Acting
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, acting, scene study, script analysis, characterization
National Core Theatre Standards:
Anchor Standard: #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr1.1.I. c. Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.

Anchor Standard: #3. Refine and complete artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr3.1.I.a Practice and revise a devised or scripted drama/theatre work using theatrical staging conventions.
Anchor Standard: #4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standards: TH:Pr4.1.I a. Examine how character relationships assist in telling the story of a drama/theatre work. TH:Pr4.1.I.b. Shape character choices using given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr6.1.I.a Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.
Anchor Standard: #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Re8.1.I.c Justify personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs through participation in and observation of a drama/theatre work.

National Core Arts Standards © 2015 State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) on behalf of NCCAS. All rights reserved.

This curricular unit is one of  fourteen created by pre-service Theatre Education students in methods classes taught by Dr. Mary Schuttler, Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado.  All units were piloted in Colorado schools as a part of the student coursework.   The units were then adjudicated by teams of benchmarkers from EdTA–veteran teachers and troupe directors from our membership.   All curricular units are aligned to Colorado state standards for Theatre Education and all have been cross mapped to the National Core Theatre Standards. Each unit contains the following sections:

  • Map & Calendar showing required time for instruction
  • Detailed demographics for the piloting school
  • Unit goals, standards and lesson objectives
  • Day to day lesson plans
  • Suggested supporting materials
  • Pre and Post Assessments
  • Analysis of Assessment results from pilot
  • Additional guided activities and connections

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Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 9: Scene Study by Lauren Dolan

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