Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Computer for Presenter, Overhead Projector, Speakers/Headphones
2 Hour(s) 20 Minute(s)
Keywords: acting, shifting objects of attention, Stanislavski
Lesson Plan Template: General Lesson Plan
Learning Objectives: What should students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
Using a prepared scene, students will comprehend, analyze, and perform the shifting of their object of attention based on Stanislavski’s system of acting.
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
Students shoul have some prior knowledge of Stanislavski’s system of acting.
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
Why is Stanislavski's method of acting important to learn?
How does excercises in shifting my object of attention help me as an actor?
How does shifting objects of attention help me to stay in character?
Teaching Phase: How will the teacher present the concept or skill to students?
The teacher will use a flashlight to demonstrate the difference between hard and soft focus on objects in the classroom
The students will read a selection from The Great Acting Teachers describing the use of Object of Attention. Students will take notes from the book focusing on ways to achieve object of attention shifting. Students will share what they discovered with the class.
Students will take turns shifting their attention with the use of the flashlight and describing what motivates them to shift their eyes from one object to the next
Guided Practice: What activities or exercises will the students complete with teacher guidance?
The students will take write a stream of conscious description of 1 minute in the classroom.
The students will watch TED Talks: Jill Bolt Taylor- A Stroke of Insight. Students will take notes on how a person going through a stroke shifts their object of attention. Students will think/pair/share their notes from the video with their scene partner and then with the class.
Independent Practice: What activities or exercises will students complete to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the lesson?
The students will rehearse 1 beat of their scene using a stream of consciousness description of object of attention shifting utilizing their current blocking.
Students will show the teacher how they are progressing with improvising and creating stream of consciousness description. Students will reflect in their journals on how object of attention shifting can help them maintain focus and concentration in a scene
Closure: How will the teacher assist students in organizing the knowledge gained in the lesson?
Students will write an exit ticket explaining how the video relates to an actor using object of attention.
Students will be evaluated on their ability to use the identification and execution of object of attention in 1 beat of their scene.
The teacher will review the work of each student prior to the end of class.
Student exit tickets will be a formative check of understanding
Feedback to Students
Feedback to students will be continual throughout the lesson, at integral points in the lesson, teacher should stop, discuss and give feedback.
ACCOMMODATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Students needing extra assistance shall be in close proximity to the teacher.
Teacher to provide verbal/ non-verbal cues
Provide students needing extra assistance with small group instruction
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Overhead Projector, Speakers/Headphones
Special Materials Needed:
The Great Acting Teachers by Michael Bresthoff
Video of TED Talks: Jill Bolt Taylor A Stroke of Insight
Scenes for Performance
SOURCE AND ACCESS INFORMATION
Name of Author/Source: Pamela Haas, FAAE through the ACE Grant, Joe Sniegocki
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Osceola
Access Privileges: Public
* Please note that examples of resources are not intended as complete curriculum.