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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: Character Development Name: Adam Magana

Content Area: Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Grade Level: 9-12
CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):
 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text.
 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on
grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
 CCSS.VPA-THEATRE.9-12 2.1 Make acting choices, using script analysis, character research, reflection, and revision through the
rehearsal process.
Big Ideas/Unit Goals:
Why do people do the things they do?

How do we create a character?

Understanding and identifying with characters-- Allowing actors to better portray their roles by not creating a bias against them.
Unit Summary:
In theatre, actors have to create an image of who their character is and try to emulate that image to the best of their ability. In this Unit,
students will be working on the play, Almost, Maine. The students will learn how to explore, develop, and make their character come to
life. Students will become able to read between the lines and visualize who their character is. They will be able to create a better mental
image, put more thought towards their actions and move with purpose once they are able to understand the thought process of their
characters. By the end of this unit, students will be able to analyze their assigned characters, determine their motives and perform their
scene in front of their peers. Lastly, students will be able to provide a well thought out character analysis regardless of the context given.

Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level: Discussion Formative: Survey, Identity Box, Social Media Profile, Summative: Prezi Presentation and Performance
and Critical Thinking Questions

Lesson 1 (Teacher Lecture)

Student Learning Objective: Acceptable Evidence Lesson Activities: Students will follow a teacher lecture with guided notes.
Students will be able to list at (Assessments): Students will Students will watch a clip from a television show and complete an analysis of one of the characters in the episode.
least three characteristics in a submit a handout that will list Students will formulate a few sentences where they will be able to provide a few characteristics about their
given text in a descriptive at least three characteristics character and accompany it with a visual.
analysis of their assigned the character may have, and
character by the end of the create a visual of what their
class. character looks like.
Lesson 2 (Webercise/ iPad Lesson)
Student Learning Objective: Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities: Students will complete a webquest and visit various sites to aid them in understanding how to
Students will be able to Students will write a get into character.
distinguish at least one paragraph on what motivates Students will read through the Developing Characters article and take the quiz at the end.
character’s motive by the end their character and what Students will use the handout utilized in the prior lesson and write at least a paragraph on what motivates their
of the lesson. makes them react in the way character and why.
that they do.
Lesson 3 (Graphic Organizer)
Student Learning Objective: Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities: Students will observe a rendition of the scene they are working on and analyze the characters
Students will be able to Students will evaluate each in a graphic organizer.
emulate their character by performance and distinguish Students will then write a paragraph analyzing each character that they watch and distinguish at least one
utilizing at least one of their one objective from each objective for each character.
character’s objectives by the character and implement it
end of the unit. into their performance during
their summative assessment.
Unit Resources:

Almost, Maine Playbook

Character Analysis Guided Notes
Developing a Character Webercise
Character Analysis Graphic Organizer

Useful Websites:

Google Classroom