My Theatre Vocabulary List for the Classroom
Let’s talk about my theatre vocabulary list for the classroom. I apologize. It never occurred to me that teachers needed a list of vocabulary for their theatre classes.
Theatre is such a major part of my life, I’d forgotten not everyone comes into teaching theatre classes as knowledgeable as I was. However, as I think about it, I remember what it’s like getting started teaching a theatre class.
It’s tough to get started. Although there are colleagues who will advise you, sometimes you need someone sort of “at your finger tips” to help you. That’s me!
Why teach vocabulary words?
This seems this would have an obvious answer. But just as in every other subject students teach, theater students need to know the words and phrases you will use in your classroom. We can’t expect out students to be good communicators if we don’t help them, yes?
There are many processes students can use to learn these words. If you pick up my Word Wall product, I’ve included several different ways to learn the vocabulary words.
Teach by osmosis! What’s that, you say? Learning by proxy, or being exposed to someone, can naturally achieve an unconscious assimilation of ideas, vocabulary, knowledge and even technical skills. It’s called osmosis.
A teacher could share a vocabulary word each day. Start the day with the word and even demonstrate it. Honestly, you will be surprised how quickly the students will learn them using osmosis. Just by seeing, demonstrating themselves and writing them, they’ll learn many of these words as if by magic.
I’m sorry there aren’t more words and their definitions listed here. I think students were coming here and filling out their vocabulary and definition sheet list and not finding the words and their definitions on their own.
Tsk, tsk. So, I had to edit the list to just a few.
Actor to Choreography:
Actor A male person who performs a role in a play, work of theatre, or movie
Actress A female person who performers in a role in a play, work of theatre, or movie.
Apron The section of the stage floor which projects towards or into the auditorium. In proscenium theatres, it’s the part of the stage in front of the house tabs, or in front of the proscenium arch, above the orchestra pit
My Theatre Vocabulary List for the Classroom (Example)
Cast A set of actors in a play
Catharsis A moment of high tragedy at the emotional climax of a play is followed by an emotional cleansing for the characters and the audience
Chanting A word or phrase repeated for an effect
Character A person in a novel, play, or movie
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If you are a student, sorry. You are going to have to look up these words yourself to attain the rest of the defintions.
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My Theatre Vocabulary List for the Classroom
I was looking around the internet and found this great blog post about the reasons it is important to know how to spell.
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The Reasons It’s Important to Learn to Spell
- It develops reading skills: Knowing how to spell correctly helps children become better readers. If they don’t know how to spell a word, they’re more likely to guess at its meaning, rather than understand its true meaning. Additionally, being able to accurately spell words helps to build fluency and allow kids to read faster.
- It enhances writing skills: Knowing how to spell words correctly helps children become better writers as well. When they’re able to accurately spell words, they can express their thoughts and feelings more clearly, resulting in stronger writing overall.
- It builds confidence: Being able to accurately spell words is a great confidence booster for primary school kids. Knowing that they can spell words correctly helps them become more confident readers and writers.
- It improves vocabulary: Learning how to spell words correctly helps children learn the meanings of unfamiliar words and increase their vocabulary. This can be very beneficial for them in the future as they continue their education.
- It helps with concentration: Spelling correctly requires focus and concentration, both of which are important skills for primary school children to learn. By mastering spelling, kids will be able to transfer these skills to other areas of their studies as well.
- Ultimately, spelling is an essential skill for primary school children to learn. Not only does it help them become better readers and writers, but it also boosts their confidence, expands their vocabulary, and helps them develop concentration skills. Therefore, it’s important that primary school kids take the time to practice their spelling regularly.
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I hope this helps you. Please feel free to contact me at DhcBaldwin@gmail.com or DeborahBaldwin.net
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