I explained that improvisation is creating and performing an incident spontaneously without much preparation; it could be related to music, drama, poetry. Students were going to be preparing and performing a scenario with a small group.
We then spoke about some hints to performing:
Students then glued a reference sheet in their notebook, “Performance Skills.”
Students were assigned a scenario to re-enact in a small group. I gave them 15 minutes to get their ideas together and to practice their improvisation.
Some scenario suggestions included:
After presenting, the audience gave feedback about presentation techniques used and suggestions about how the group could improve.
In a few days, students will begin preparing their monologues. Students wrote a self-reflection about their contribution to the improvisation. They identified techniques that they did well, and areas that need improvement and definitely want to focus upon when they present their monologues.
They responded to these questions:
1. Based upon your group's performance, what do you need to be aware of in preparation of your monologue?
2. What elements of performance did you use effectively?
3. What elements of performance did you not use effectively?
4. What would you do differently to make the scenario more effective if you performed it again?