Improv Your Life: Beginning Improv by Samantha Black

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Students will be able to name and explain the nine rules of improv, and they will be able to explain why the rules are important for performing good improve. Students should also understand that the rules learned in class also apply to other kinds of theatre as well as their own personal lives. When they are forced to perform without a safety net, students learn that they are capable individuals who have the skills and tools to handle whatever issues they may face either on stage or in other areas of their lives.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Acting
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, acting, improvisation, improv
National Core Theatre Standards:
Anchor Standard: #4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr4.1.I.b Shape character choices using given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr4.1.II.a Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH Pr5.1.II.a Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.
Anchor Standard: #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH: Re7.1.I.a Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.
Anchor Standard: #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH Cn 10.1.II.a a. Choose and interpret a drama/theatre work to reflect or question personal beliefs.

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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 16: Improv Your Life--Beginning Improv by Samantha Black

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