Reflection: Joy Look, look! Your Crush is Over Here! Act II sc. i - Section 2: Using Physical Props in Drama


Part of the reason I like teaching drama and Shakespeare in particular are the opportunities to explore kinesthetic communication.  That's why I think props are so important in reading Shakespeare, and why I insist students use them.  The physical object they're holding becomes a tangible part of the play and they stop seeing themselves as readers and more as actors. 

What's even better is when they feel comfortable enough to improvise with the props as one student did with the pieces of the letter.  After telling Lucetta to let them lie, she lingered at the end of the scene and picked the pieces up, stuffing them in her pockets and up her sleeves. This added a whole new depth to the play. 

When I asked the student later why she did that, she told me it felt like something Julia would do. That is experiential play reading!

  Using Physical Props
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Look, look! Your Crush is Over Here! Act II sc. i

Unit 9: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: SWBAT understand the importance of inflection in comedic scenes.

Big Idea: How does tone help us understand meaning?

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English / Language Arts, drama interpretation, brainstorming, character trait, Shakespeare, dramatic structure, dramatic literature, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, supporting evidence, foreshadowing, interpretation, uncertainty, rough draft
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