AP Lang: Acting Out a Scene, Day 1

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare as well as one play by an American dramatist.)

Learning Target: I can work with a group to act out a scene from The Crucible, making intentional and conscious choices about staging, direction, the characters attitudes, etc.

Opening Session: The Crucible Movie Trailer:

Work Session: Today we’re going to be starting a little acting project! I would like you all to get into groups of no more than four, and hold on before you all jump up, because the number of people in your group is determined by how you choose to do your project!

You’re going to be acting out a scene from The Crucible. You’ll need to write a proposal for which scene you’re doing, why, and explain your dramatic interpretation; then, on Friday, your group will act out the scene. Each person in the group will play one role, which means if you have four people in the group, you need to find a scene with four people in it, and if you want to do a particular scene like the one between Proctor and Elizabeth at the beginning of act II, you only need two people in your group.

Today your goal is to work with your classmates, figure out what scene you’re performing, and figure out your group members. By the end of the block, I need you to turn in a one-page (one side of one sheet, handwritten) proposal of who is in your group, which part of the play you’re performing, and how you’re putting your own dramatic interpretation on it.

Closing Session: Journal reflection: which scene did you choose? Was it your first choice? Why or why not?

Assessment: Formal (performances will be graded)

Differentiation: Product (choice); process (scaffolding)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your free choice book.

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