Pantomime is a style of theater without sounds or props. Challenge your students to portray an author’s purpose (narrative, informative/expository, opinion/persuasive) in this unique acting style.
Index cards identifying the 3 different text types/purposesDownload PDF Lesson Plan
Develop body awareness and spatial perception through movement and pantomime.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
In groups, students will plan and perform pantomimes to represent the different types/purposes of writing.
(5 minutes) The first student begins a pantomime of an everyday activity. The next student asks, “What are you doing?” Each student says something different from what they are doing, and each student pantomimes the previous student’s answer.
Purpose: Get familiar with pantomime, think creatively, warm up to performing.
(2 minutes) Explain and model pantomime: acting with no sounds and no props. See if the students can guess where you are and what you are doing: eating popcorn at a movie theater, grocery shopping, driving a car, etc.
(3 minutes) In a circle, lead all students to pantomime washing their hands, drinking a glass of water, brushing their teeth, and other day-to-day activities.
(5 minutes) Teach or review the three types of writing. Write the types and helpful hints on the whiteboard.
In groups of 3 or 4, students have 15 minutes to plan and practice a pantomime that portrays one of the three types of writing. Students may choose to act out what the writing says, or they may choose to act out the environment and actions of the person reading. Students may use chairs, but no other props.
Circle the room, offering help where necessary.
(15 minutes) Students will perform their pantomimes, and the audience will guess what type of writing they portray.