The Great Acting Teachers Unit by Lydia Funke

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Students will understand and learn about a variety of acting teachers and their practices, and see how all these teachers have greatly influenced theatre. Through lectures, demonstrations, video tutorials, books/textbooks, and exercises, students will receive experience and information on five acting teachers, and incorporate it into their own acting. The students will become knowledgeable about various techniques and practices and will be able to compare/contrast the acting teachers. Assessment from this unit will be based on full participation in the lectures and exercises and a post-unit reflective assessment, stating which acting teacher’s practices they preferred the most and why.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Acting
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, acting
National Core Theatre Standards:
Anchor Standard:
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr1.1.III a. Synthesize knowledge from a variety of dramatic forms, theatrical conventions, and technologies to create the visual composition of a 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.

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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 18: The Great Acting Teachers Unit by Lydia Funke

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