Lesson:Restaurant drama

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Prep[edit]

Learning goals[edit]

Students will be able to

  • display their dramatic qualities
  • learn new vocabulary in context
  • learn how to voice emotions


Prerequisites[edit]

  • decent vocabulary


Materials[edit]

  • Restaurant drama/Setting -- list of 5 to 10 vocabulary words per setting defines each setting
  • dictionaries if necessary
  • video example of a skit if necessary

Lesson[edit]

Intro[edit]

For this lesson, the students are put in groups of four to six. They receive a setting and five to ten words to work with. The task is to make a five-minute skit (so, it should be funny) that incorporates the words they received. Each group gets to perform their skit. It's nice to keep all the skits in a familiar and similar setting, such as the restaurant setting in the materials' example.


Presentation[edit]

  1. Explain the concept of a skit: a short, funny piece of acting. Use a video example for clarification e.g. Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch
  2. Make groups of four to six
  3. Each person needs to get a role in the skit. Larger groups may consider adding a narrator.
  4. Hand-out Restaurant drama/Setting and tell them to include at least six of the words in the skit.
  5. Encourage the students to alter the base words to their liking: anger can become angry, break can be used as "to break" or "taking a break" and embarrass can become embarrassment.
  6. Allow the use of a dictionary for new words

Application/activity[edit]

  1. Let the students make a script
  2. Allow for practice time


Test[edit]

  1. Perform the skit for the whole class

Alterations[edit]

Suggestions to juice up the lesson

  • Use words that are unrelated to the setting to heighten the challenge of incorporating them
  • Make students incorporate all words in the list
  • Take a zero-props approach so that all the attention goes to the acting
  • Allow a maximum number of props (e.g. 5), so they get two chairs, one table, a plate and a glass, but leave the rest to imagination