Common Core K-12 Writing Standards Drama can support easilly
This is an idea board to collect visuals and text for ARTS Express Conference 2016. Topic is Drama supporting elaborative writing.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Action Color Emotion~ In groups of three or four. One person starts telling a story. Other players tag the storyteller if they want to hear more action, color or emotion. Action means more conflict or excitement. Color means descriptive detail, such as how it smells, feels, etc. Emotion means that the characters experience more feeling. So, when a person tags, they say, “more action!” or “more color,” or “more emotion.”
~FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME~ Imagined Sound Circle This is a great activity for teaching kids about the senses. Actors sit in a circle and close their eyes. You will call out various settings, and kids will imagine that they are there, and call out what they hear. Coach kids to try and sense when to speak so that only one student speaks at a time. Invite kids to listen to what everyone else is hearing just as much as offering what they hear.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Here Comes Charlie~ Two-three people stand onstage waiting for Charlie, each person describes one of the traits he has (he has enormous eyes, has a voice like an old lady, and walks like an octopus). The off-stage actor playing Charlie enters the stage displaying those traits! TIP: Make sure the kids offer a sound, a movement and a physical trait.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Alien Observation~ In this game two players take to the stage as aliens from a made-up planet. They observe two other players (humans) playing a sport or doing an activity of some sort. They must then go back to their alien world and explain to their leader what they saw. This allows the players to be creative in explaining what they saw and to be quite literal in their explanation.
FREE DRAMA GAME ~Make It Bigger~ Players in a circle. One person thinks of an emotion and walks across the circle portraying that emotion. He taps another player and takes his place. The second person crosses the circle exaggerating the emotion a little and taps another person who carries it even further. Encourage players to make it just a little ‘bigger’ each time and to use their whole bodies.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Original Family Stories~ Invite students to ask their parents to tell them a story from their country’s family of origin. If they don’t know one, ask them to find a folk-tale from that country and to be prepared to tell it during the next class. Break students into groups of 3-4 and have them take turns telling their stories and then, as a group, choosing the story that is the most interesting. Give students fifteen minutes or so to create a mini-play based on the story.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Hats at a Funeral~ Put together a box of hats. Play the Funeral Game. (One person lies dead in a coffin downstage. One at a time, players come up to the dead guy and say their final good-bye’s.) For this version of the game, players must choose a hat first and use that as inspiration for their character. For more inventive drama activities for kids and teens, visit www.dramanotebook.com
FREE DRAMA GAME ~Suitcases~ Purchase or borrow four/five old suitcases and pack them lightly with random items. (Such as: love letters; a picture of someone; a boxed costume-jewelry wedding ring.) Divide class into small groups and give each a suitcase. Ask teams to create a scene or a short play inspired by the suitcase and the items in it.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Experts~ Two players onstage. One is a reporter, the other is an expert in a specific field. The reporter draws a topic out of the hat and begins interviewing the expert who must pretend to be an expert by making up things about the topic. For more inspiring drama ideas and lesson plans for children and teens, visit www.dramanotebook.com.
FREE DRAMA GAME~Hot Seat~ In this classic drama game, one student goes up in front of the class and assumes the role of a character or a famous person while the audience players interrogate him/her. Read more... https://www.dramanotebook.com/drama-games/hot-seat/
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Principal's Office~ In this game, two actors play students who are in trouble at school, and a third plays the principal. Take suggestions from the audience as to what the students have done wrong (such as putting a snapping turtle in their teacher's desk). The actors playing the students must make up a story together and convince the principal it is the truth. The key to this game is that the kids must work together and accept each others ideas as the scene unfolds!
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Group Character Build~ Gather students in a group or circle. Toss out the name of a character, such as: Penelope Miller. Invite players to volunteer fictional information about this character ‘popcorn-style’ until it feels as if a character has been fully formed. You may have to demonstrate this yourself at first. This is a great precursor to a playwriting exercise, or before inviting students to further develop characters they are playing in your production.
FREE DAILY DRAMA GAME ~Fortune Teller~ Two students onstage—one is the fortune teller and the other is the client. The fortune teller makes a bizarre prediction such as “Ah…I see that in your future, you will be attacked by flying monkeys.” The person whose fortune is being told must explain why that will probably come true! For more inspiring drama games, visit Drama Notebook and register for a risk-free trial. www.dramanotebook.com
FREE DRAMA GAME ~Stage Pictures~ Put class in groups of 6-8. Give each group a situation such as: a bride at the altar tells the groom she doesn’t want to marry him in front of the wedding guests. Ask each group to come up with a frozen picture that immediately tells the story. There should be a focal point to the ‘picture,’ and all players should be aware of where they are in relation to other characters and whether their bodies/faces are open to the audience.
FREE DRAMA GAME ~Headlines~ Make a list of interesting headlines such as “Man Arrested for Stealing Burrito,” and put them in a hat. Divide class into small groups and let each group draw a headline. Give students fifteen minutes to come up with a skit that tells the whole story. Encourage actors to be inventive! Kids may also choose to act out their skit as a live news broadcast.