Introduction to Scenic Technology by Esther Winney

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Students will understand and demonstrate shop safety procedures by engaging in exercises, collaborative activities, and conversations regarding shop safety and scenic construction. Students will identify tools, materials, and their intended and safe uses, and demonstrate problem solving and collaborative practices by creating a Broadway flat together.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Designing, Producing
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, technical theatre, production, design
National Core Theatre Standards:
Anchor Standard: #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH.Cr1.1.II.b Understand and apply technology to design solutions for a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH.Cr2.1.II.b Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr5.1.II.b. Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

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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

Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 15: Introduction to Scenic Technology by Esther Winney

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