Lesson Plan

Ensemble Building

Building an Ensemble
Clayton S.
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Cambria Heights Academy
Queens, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts
Objectives

AIM: How do actors create an ensemble in the classroom and how does it benefit the theater making progress?

Goal:
Students will be able to…
• Work together as an ensemble to create a specific goal.
• Better understand their classmates and what unique qualities they can bring to the group.
• Feel comfortable working within the group and establish the names of each of their classmates.

Focus Questions:
• What is an ensemble?
• How does an ensemble create and produce a piece of theater?
• How does ensemble work relate and reflect to life outside of the classroom?

Subjects
Arts
Grades 7 – 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Introduction

Activity: Conversing

• Discuss the meaning of an ensemble.
o What are other examples of ensemble?
o How do they work together and what goals do they achieve?

Student Instructions

Stand in a circle facing each other.

2 Warm Up/Initial Activity

Activity: Other — Connecting

• Teacher will transition the students to make a perfect standing circle of the stage floor.
• One by one, the ball will be passed around the room and the student will say their name and something unique about themselves.
o If the unique fact applies to someone else in the group, that person can raise their hand and say that they have the same unique fact.
o The person must be very specific about their fact so as to distinguish themselves from the group.
• After each person has gone, the ball will be passed around the circle again and each student must say their name and their fact, again.
• The students must then find someone in the group, say their name and walk, roll or underhand throw the ball to the student.
• Once the student has fulfilled the games objective they may sit down.
o You can also see if anyone in the group knows every single student’s name (CHALLENGE)!

Student Instructions

Be respectful.

3 Practice

Activity: Creating

Group Yourself By…
• Teacher has the students move around the space and at random will call out a category.
• Students are responsible for creating groups based on the category the teacher says.
o Examples:
▪ Hair color
▪ Eye Color
▪ Shoe Color
▪ Number of siblings
▪ Neighborhood they live in
▪ Height
▪ Age
▪ Favorite food
• Some of the groups will be large, small and everything in between – it is okay for people to be by themselves.

Student Instructions

Form a group with others that fit the category being called out.

4 Relfection

Reflection/Debrief:
• What was the easiest thing to to do today? Why?
• What was the most difficult thing you did today? Why?
• What is one thing you learned about yourself today? How? Why?
• How do these exercises reflect the work of an ensemble? Why?

Student Instructions

Select a reflection question and post on fFipgrid. Respond to one person's most.

5 Homework

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Homework:
• Complete the journal entry.

Student Instructions

Complete a journal entry of your experience.