Acting by Lauren Garcia

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After this unit, students will understand how to choose the right monologue or scene that best shows their acting ability, learn the difference between objective/obstacle/tactic and the importance of each of the terms, learn new techniques to develop character in a monologue or scene by scoring the script (beats, line cut-offs, line jumps, etc.) in order to prepare them to perform in front of an audience. They will learn and discover new techniques to build character and make choices in order for them to be able to get prepared for future performances.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Acting
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, auditioning, acting
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.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr1.1.II. c. Use personal experiences and knowledge to develop 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. b. Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr3.1.II. b. Use research and script analysis to revise physical, vocal, and physiological choices impacting the believability and relevance of a drama/ theatre work.
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.
Grade Level Performance Standards: TH:Pr4.1.II.a.Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work. TH:Pr4.1.II.b. Identify essential text information, research from various sources, and the director’s concept that influence character choices in a drama/theatre work.

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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
  • Additional guided activities and connections

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Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 8: Acting by Lauren Garcia

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