As part of the 3rd grade drama curriculum developed by Ms. Flores, the students are asked to create and act out their own stories. The following are the thematic units focused on in Drama:
Vocal Choice and Playdoh Characters
The students are introduced to the technical aspects of vocal production. The students are tasked with creating their own voice for performance based on pitch, rate, and volume. The students are also asked to physically create their characters and setting through modeling clay.
The students are introduced through the art and history of pantomime. Through a series of body movement exercises the students learn how to change their shape, level, and line to become their characters. The students are also given agency and identity as storytellers and are allowed to create their own characters for performance. The unit culminates with creating an entire pantomimed performance.
For their improv unit, the students are introduced to this genre of drama through a ted-ed talk. They learn that improv is not limited to drama, but that humans improvise everyday of their lives. The students are asked to created their own stories in the moment and performance them in front of an audience.
Click through the slideshow to view student work.