Drama Lessons for Substitutes

Drama is all I get at school – this should be easy! Or not. If you are teaching drama all day and the teacher did not leave any day plans, here are a couple of ideas …

1. Tableaus – you tell or read an interesting story. At any point, say, “tableau” then the students make a motionless picture of that scene. They are like statues that were carved (by amateurs) and arranged to show that scene. They can do this individually showing one character or in groups, showing all the characters. I say, “tableau” anytime they are becoming restless!

2. Play back game – show a short clip of a scene – students have to act it out as closely as possible to the clip. Show the clip again and students can see what they missed. Jackie Chan scenes are hilarious for this one.

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