Chris Adcock
English Language Arts, Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
  • Biography
  • Dickens
  • Grade 11 ELA
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    Performance Structure 2.0

    Performance Structure 2.0


    In this lesson, students will continue to see what actually goes into a performance as they prepare to stage their Prompt Book scene.


    • Read the lesson and student content.
    • Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.

    Rehearsal Check-In

    • Have students submit their essays.
    • Help students come up with solutions to any issues that they’re having with the Prompt Book Performances. If they’ve hit a sticking point that they can’t resolve themselves, give whatever help is appropriate.
    • Remind students of their performance time limitation.


    First, submit your essay to your teacher.

    Then, with your class, check in on how the rehearsals for the Prompt Book Performances are going.

    • Are you having trouble finding things you need?
    • Do you have any questions that your teacher and fellow students may be able to answer?
    • You’ll have most of this class period to rehearse with your group, so be sure to bring up any questions that you have now.

    Group Rehearsals

    • Allow students the entire period for rehearsal.
    • If possible, perhaps one or two of the groups could meet in the hallway or some other space so the classroom is not so crowded.
    • As they rehearse, circulate through the room or rooms, offering advice when asked for it.
      • SWD: Provide any additional scaffolding for students who may not benefit from open-ended group work. This is also a good opportunity to check in with any students doing alternate assignments at this point and make sure that they are also on schedule.

    Work Time

    You and your cast will have this period to rehearse.

    • Read through the staging directions, and work to make your scene as polished as possible.

    Your teacher will be circulating to help with staging and answer questions.

    Rehearsal Debrief

    • Ask for any overall comments about the rehearsals.
    • Address any outstanding questions.
    • Remind students that the performances will begin immediately during the next lesson. All students need to be on time and ready to go.
      • ELL: This is a good time to check in with students who may be struggling with various aspects of performing. Offer brief conference time, if possible, so students can speak with you privately.


    Share your comments about the project.

    • How is your group progressing, and how are you working together?
    • What have you learned?
    • Do you have any new questions?
    • Please be sure to be in class on time and ready to go for the next lesson. Performances will start right away.

    Performance Preparation

    • Have students review their scenes. Actors should continue to familiarize themselves with their roles. Directors need to continue to think ahead about what props and costumes they want.


    • If you have been cast as an actor, continue to read over your part so that you understand your character well and are very familiar with your lines.
    • If you are the director of the scene, continue to review your Prompt Book and be sure you have what you need for the performance.