Students look forward to this project ALL YEAR! Everyone knows that family reunions are nothing but DRAMA. Why not use that drama to build characterization and in-character spontaneous acting for young actors! This unit plan takes students from creating characters through building detailed characterization and building relationships, culminating in a full-class "Family Reunion" long-form improvisation. (Feeling a little iffy about having to run a long-form improv? Don't worry! These step-by-step instructions will lead you through!)
Trying to figure out a way for your students to practice staying in-character onstage? Wishing that your students could focus more on their instincts and feel more comfortable onstage? Hoping that students will create more fleshed-out, dynamic characterizations? Look no further! This is one of those fun projects where they are learning without even realizing they're doing it!
7 day unit, complete with lesson plans, worksheets, example photos and personal anecdotes to guide you through your very own FAMILY REUNION. Also linked to Performing Arts State Standards. Excellent for drama classes or could be modified for English or History classes with a specific theme. Also excellent team-building activity for after-school drama groups or clubs.