What's Inside A Story? Structure And Key Details - Lesson Plan

Susan Weber, Let's Be Friends

Program Title What’s Inside A Story: Structure And Key Details
Core Service Workshop
Artist Susan Weber
Art Form Theater Arts + Music
Grade Levels K-3

Program Summary This workshop explores the structure and key details of stories. Susan Weber invites students to sing, mime, chant and then analyze how characters and the beginning-middle-end of stories relate to the whole. With hand crafted puppets, guitar, sound effects and movement, students explore a West Indian folktale, a wide mouth frog adventure and echo songs rich in rhythm and rhyme. Activities are closely tied to Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts for Reading.

Objectives

  • Students will be able to create gestures to dramatize a story, building on each other’s ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Students will be able to create sound effects to dramatize a story, building on each other’s ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the interaction of people and music in a story/song integration.
  • Students will know that people of their own and other cultures express their ideas and beliefs through storytelling.
  • Students will analyze how characters and the beginning-middle-end of stories relate to the whole.
  • Students will explore the structure and key details of stories.

Program Outline

I. Intro Today, we explore songs and stories about names. Please sing with me. 

II. Old MacDonald Song 

III. Imagination Dust 

IV. The Wide Mouthed Frog Story - SOUND EFFECTS, CHARACTERS and reflection

V. Demo Mime GESTURES, CHARACTERS, SETTING, STRUCTURE and reflection

VI. Eddie Kutchi Katchi Kammi Song and Story GESTURES, CHARACTERS, SETTING, STRUCTURE and reflection

VII. A Snowy Day Story - FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, GESTURES, VOCAL CHANGES, STORY ELEMENTS and reflection

VIII. Turtle Knows Your Name Story -  West Indian folktale SOUND EFFECTS and reflection

IX. Everybody’s Got a Name Song - GESTURES, VOCALIZATION

X. O - I - C - U guided movement (student make artistic choices)

XI. Closing Peace - Love - Respect - For everybody
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Materials guitar, turtle puppet, imagination dust wand, picture of well, apron

Arts Standards
Drama/Theater (from Ohio Fine Arts Academic Content Standards)
Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts

  • Listen to stories, myths and/or fairy tales from various time periods and cultures
  • Creative Expression and Communication
  • Imitate movements, voices and feelings of people, animals and objects through dramatic play.

Connections, Relationships and Applications

  • Work cooperatively to perform or dramatize a story.

Music (from Ohio Fine Arts Academic Content Standards)
Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts

  • Recognize the interaction of people in music

Non-Arts Standards (from K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards - Common Core State Standards): 
English Language Arts
Reading/Key Ideas and Details

  • Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Reading/Craft and Structure

  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

Speaking and Listening/Comprehension and Collaboration

  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Social Studies/People in Societies

  • Students use knowledge of perspectives, practices and products of cultural, ethnic and social groups to analyze the impact of their commonality and diversity within local, national, regional and global settings

Resources

1. Bryan, Ashley. Turtle Know Your Name. New York : Macmillan, 1989. (A West Indian Folktale about a boy with a very long name retold and illustrated by the author)

2. Animated version of The Wide Mouth Frog  (compare key details and beginning-middle-end to workshop version)

3. How to make a wide mouth frog puppet with your hands

4. Laban Movement Analysis (vocabulary for body movements)

 

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