Middle School Drama Curriculum Ideas

The following are common curriculum units, topics, genres and themes for middle drama levels:

  • Greek Tragedy
  • Character work
  • Play scripts
  • Commedia dell’Arte
  • Drama games
  • Bertolt Brecht and Epic Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Ritual in drama
  • Melodrama
  • Use of symbol in drama
  • Play structure
  • Shakespeare
  • Character motivation and objectives
  • Stylised movement
  • Language skills
  • Stanislavksi’s system of acting
  • Directing / blocking the actor in the space
  • Vocal skills
  • Anti-realistic theatre techniques
  • Movement and gesture in drama
  • Elizabethan Theatre
  • Group-devised performance making / playbuilding
  • Theatresports™ Games
  • Analysis / evaluation / reflection of performance work
  • Professional theatre reviews
  • Mood
  • Make-up
  • Prop building
  • Use of space
  • Tension and conflict in drama
  • Non-Western forms of theatre (eg. Kabuki, Bunraku, Noh etc.)
  • Set design
  • Comedy: satire / slapstick /farce / black comedy
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