Arts ESU2
Performing Arts, English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Lower Primary
  • NE Theatre
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Theatre
  • Writing
  • ne-theatre
  • theatre
  • writing
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    Education Standards

    Acting Out Words

    Acting Out Words


    This resource was created by Jill Anderson, in collaboration with Dawn DeTurk, Hannah Blomstedt, and Julie Albrecht, as part of ESU2's Integrating the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education, practice, and coaching.

    Arts Integration Lesson Plan


    Lesson Title:
    Content Area: ELAFine Arts Area: Theater
    Grade Level: 2,3Teacher:  Mrs. Anderson


    Standards and Alignment
    Content Area Standard:   LA 1.2.1 Writing Process: Students will apply the writing process to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish writing using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other conventions of standard English appropriate for grade-level.Fine Arts Standard: FA2.5.1a Identify an environment or event using body movement and soundFA2.5.1f Explore character through body movement
    Key Vocabulary:CapitalizationPunctuation - period, exclamation, questionmovementMaterials List:Sentences - written out or project on a overhead pencilsSpace for movement


    Lesson Delivery
    The students will apply movements to practice punctuation placement and reinforce complete sentence structure.Begin with the review of basic punctuation and structure of a sentence.
    1. Review capitalization, periods, question marks and exclamation marks
    2. Discuss movement and how we can express our sentences through movement
    3. Display the first sentence and ask the students how we could demonstrate capitalization through movement.  Ask for suggestions and act them out.
    4. After capitalization, discuss how we could act out words in the sentence.
    5. Then discuss how to act out correct punctuation.
    6. After going through the parts of sentence structure and students are ready.  Go through the rest of the sentences and have students act out each sentence.  Discuss how each student acted out the sentence.  Emphasize how students acted  out capitalization, punctuation and the words.
    7. Have students write their own sentence and create movement to fit the sentence.
    8. Discuss how movement can be used to express the parts of the sentence. How do you express excitement, questions, happiness, etc.  How did the words help know how to move?


    Assessment and Reflection
    Content Assessment:Students will be able to write sentences with  correct capitalization and punctuation.Arts Assessment:Students will be able to emphasize correct capitalization and punctuation in sentences through movement.
    Student Reflection:What are important things to remember when writing sentences: capitalization, punctuation and words to help make the sentences interesting to read.How did movement help write those sentences?Teacher Reflection:Are the students writing sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation? Were students demonstrating movement to express capitalization and correct punctuation?



    Visuals and Handouts
    Sentence HandoutSentences