Lesson

The Weirdest Dream Game Show!

Lesson Overview

This unit is  a fun and activity-packed venture into sensory-inspired writing and  public speaking culminating in the class production of THE WEIRDEST DREAM GAMESHOW!   By finishing the unit as  a PERFORMANCE EVENT, there is excellent motivation to: 
-review and physically explore  the 5 senses
-,generate imaginative adjectives and verbs, and compose a short essay with them
-learn and practice public speaking skills
-learn and practice audience etiquette

After a classroom discussion of gameshows and their FORMATS, a  full study of all 5 senses will be conducted, with creative taste, touch, sound, etc. participatory "lab studies."  THIS STUDY will be followed by completing a creative writing map, on which students will list a smell, taste, sight, sound, and touch, with several enticingly descriptive adjectives about each.

 After all this preparation, students will write an exciting WEIRDEST DREAM monologue, which they will practice, adding gestures, facial expressions, vocal expression, etc.

Videos on public speaking will be watched, and tongue twisters practiced as a class; also proper speaking posture will be modeled by each student .  

Students in small groups will practice their monologues and "coach" each other [with positive suggestions] before the presentation of the game show.

Proper audience etiquette will be studied and practiced before the game show as a class.  

The culmination of the project will be a "classroom staging" of THE WEIRDEST DREAM GAME SHOW!"  

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

How can students be enticed to write creatively, and also get experience with public speaking?  Creating an exciting "culminating event" such as a GAMESHOW is a great motivation for learning and practicing skills.   Let's see whose "WEIRDEST DREAM" will rate the highest with the TV audience! 

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

5

English Language Arts Visual & Performing Arts

*Chart with large paper, if teacher doesn't have a smartboard, or whiteboard/chalkboard
[to list adjectives contributed by students after sensory experiments/experiences]
* WEIRDEST DREAM  worksheet/ 1 copy for each student 
* WEIRDEST DREAM MONOLOGUE sheet/ 1 copy for each student
*pencils, NOT pens 
*clipboards for each student, or other writing surface  [large books, etc] so they can write in a relaxed way as they are creating their sensory adjectives, weirdest dream sentences, etc.

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Lesson Created By: katherinebradley