Leaving Home Unit
This is a unit plan for a 3 stage process in which students will create scenes around a central structure of one of the characters having to ‘leave home’. This process will be played out sequentially, with scenes being created dealing with circumstances that occurred a day before, a month before, etc. when the actual ‘leave-taking’ happened.
Beyond the improvisational and performance skills developed within these classes, students will also begin writing a monologue in the character voice and circumstances that they’ve developed. This monologue will form the basis of the final part of the unit.
In the unit’s final element, students will form part of a staged reading of the event in which their monologues will be recited, but interrelated/expressed with other members of their group simultaneously. In other words, all the monologues will be interrupted, cut together, or spliced by an interlocutor character played by the teacher ‘in role’ who is attempting to hear the ‘whole’ story.
As this unit has three parts it can be seen as fairly advanced, however I’ve worked with beginning actors in this format for years, and I can vouch for its effectiveness in building the skills mentioned above. If you are new to ‘teacher in role’ exercises this is also an effective/safe way to either experiment with the concept or build those skills.
This unit is one of the four in the Grade 10 Conflict Drama Script series. Combined, they focus on acting, writing and performance skills and techniques and make up an entire year or semester’s worth of material.