The worksheet “Analyzing Non-verbal Communication” asks students to reflect on other people’s body language and gestures to help them understand how much information can be conveyed without speaking. It can be given as a homework assignment either in anticipation of the lesson or to reinforce it afterwards.
Students will begin the lesson with a brief PPT introduction to non-verbal communication that includes a warm-up activity and an analysis of a scene from the movie “How to Train Your Dragon.” The PPT includes links to YouTube videos.
Students will then practice what they’ve learned with the sentence charade task cards by taking turns conveying an idea or thought to their classmates using only non-verbal communication.
Inexperienced actors tend to rely mainly on their voices to communicate with their audience, so this lesson challenges students to communicate without using any voice at all. It’s also a good way to help students who need practice matching their non-verbal messages to their spoken communication. I usually use this lesson early in the course with beginning students to help them gain confidence on stage because it doesn’t require them to speak any lines and encourages them to be outrageous.
Students will improve their non-verbal communication on stage through analysis of other people’s body language and with targeted practice to convey an idea without words.
1. Analyzing Non-verbal Communication Worksheet
(2 pages with 20 questions)
2. PPT Lesson on Non-verbal Communication
3. Sentence Charade Task Cards
(50 prompts and 4 empty cards for you to add your own)
* This resource is part of my "Non-verbal Bundle for Drama Students."