I was really looking forward to this Unit of Inquiry. With Dance and Music already covered, Drama was certainly something we needed to address. The children knew this unit was coming as well and they were very excited when it started!
What surprised me was how well Language integrated into this unit. Okay...I knew it would and I knew it was supposed to, but sometimes there were parts of this unit that really clicked more than I anticipated. Also, there were things I planned on trying that didn't pan out...but it was all for the best. It was one of those units that made me remember why I like inquiry so much...you may have your end in mind but how you get there can surprise you!
I also wanted the students to note what Drama and reading out loud had in common, and what may be different...I wanted comparisons, connections and contrast. Here are some of my favourites:
"When you read you do not move. But when you do drama you move."
"When you read you are exited. Also in drama you are exited." (excited)
"When you read a book you need a lawd voice." (loud)
"You need ikspreshon." (this is my favourite creative spelling to date...not a bad go of "expression" if you ask me!)
I've used this "sticker strategy" many times. It's a great way to refine a list from brainstorming. You can change the number of stickers each child gets and other rules (ie. you have to put your stickers on different points vs. you can spend all your stickers on one point).
Anyway, even thought the students decided that SCRIPT was an important element of Drama...I wasn't sure how much I wanted to emphasize script writing. So, I cobbled together this graphic organizer to help they students organize their play. It was based on they elements of Drama they decided on during Sorting Out. I couldn't find one that I liked online so I had to do it the old fashioned way...scissors, glue and markers!
After they had spent some time making their plays and considering the feedback from their peers, it was time to think about assessment. I was wanted to include student voice in the creating of their assessment. But, I was worried if I had them do this too early in the unit, they wouldn't know enough to have the vocabulary to express their assessment criteria effectively. We brainstormed what was important and we saw that it connected to our elements of Drama...awesome! You may also note that our class favourite word is "relevant".
Again, it was a great integrated unit! I look forward to doing it again next year.