Students will be able to
- display their dramatic qualities
- learn new vocabulary in context
- learn how to voice emotions
- decent vocabulary
- 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
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.
- 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
- Make groups of four to six
- Each person needs to get a role in the skit. Larger groups may consider adding a narrator.
- Hand-out Restaurant drama/Setting and tell them to include at least six of the words in the skit.
- 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.
- Allow the use of a dictionary for new words
- Let the students make a script
- Allow for practice time
- Perform the skit for the whole class
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