Reflection: Flexibility The Big Show: Performing in Acting Companies - Section 3: Oscar Voting and "Presentation"

 

Today was great, fun, and memorable.  But, what I really wonder is...how could it be better?  The performances are the culminating activity for Twelfth Night.  The kids did a great job (especially given that they are 13 and 14,) but the performances were, for the most part, pretty basic.  Most did an impressive job memorizing.  However, only a few students really brought meaning to their lines, even though I am confident that they had a good understanding of both the sequence of events AND character motivation.

So, how would I improve it?  Maybe it would have been a good idea to have each group do the same scene, so we could question the text more as a class.  Maybe I should have given more time to the activity, so that I could work in conferencing (beyond the daily visits that I made to each group.)  And maybe I should have been more specific about what I was expecting.  

Don't get me wrong; the kids did a great job and the experience was worth it all.  But, next time...

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The Big Show: Performing in Acting Companies

Unit 8: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
Lesson 13 of 14

Objective: SWBAT perform their Shakespeare scene in front of a live audience.

Big Idea: Middle schoolers as actors and groundlings? Why not?

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