This unit explores the tribal origins of theater and how tribal ceremonies, rituals, and behavior have influenced current theater and film. Students will be able to:
• Identify how tribal ceremonies/rituals and behavior have influenced theater/film.
• Examine and compare characteristics of theatrical works from various historical/cultural periods and contexts.
• Relate the role of theater arts to culture and history.
• Explore historical and cultural concepts through dramatic activities that recreate the characteristics of an historical/cultural period.
• Create a performance based on their understanding of tribal ceremonies, rituals, and behavior.
• Create props and costumes to enhance performances.
As an introduction to the unit students will watch the film “Encino Man” and they will then create their own performances entitled “A day in the life of…” which depicts a day in the life of a tribe that they create. They will show the rituals, ceremonies, and activities that their tribes participate in throughout the day. They will make props and costumes to suit their tribes.
Objectives for unit
Outcomes for unit
Introduction to unit
Activity One: watch “Encino Man”
Activity Two: Tribal Musical Chairs
Activity Three: “A Day in the Life of…” performances
Activity Four: “Rafa, Rafa” simulation game
Background sheet: Origins of Tribes and Theater”
Student Planning Packet
Info Sheet on “Rafa, Rafa” simulation game
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