DELLTA Artmaking tools guide students and teachers through the artmaking process.
A teaching artist stands in a circle with 5 middle school students in a school auditorium. She points her finger while the students make silly faces.
Theater - Setting Tableau Activity Plan
This is a creative dramatic play activity designed to encourage MLs’ speaking and listening skills. Students create a setting using pantomime and tableau or frozen pose. Working together as a group, the class generates dialogue for the tableau. Students then act out a scene using the given dialogue.
Two middle school students stand on an auditorium stage. They are both looking at a piece of paper with a speech bubble on it.
Speech Bubble Strategy
This strategy divides the spotlight, so student actors who are performing a tableau aren’t responsible for brainstorming dialogue on the spot, instead the audience is called on to generate dialogue for them. In this activity ML students aren’t asked to produce language at the same time they’re taking a risk by performing for their peers.
Four middle school students are in a school auditorium. One is doing a handstand. One has her leg extended back in a bent shape. One is in a backbend. One is pushing up into a backbend.
Dance Activity Plans- Shape Chain & Build a Dance Sequence
These activities are designed to be led by a classroom teacher, in a classroom with students working from the area behind their desks. Students use creativity to create shapes and collaborate to combine those shapes. The goal is to set a positive and safe environment for students to express ideas, which then leads to building their collaboration skills.
Dance Vocabulary Visual Aids
These visuals illustrate Shapes & Levels with photos of dancers in various dance poses that are clearly labeled with the dance vocabulary they are demonstrating. These visuals help to reinforce vocabulary that may be new for most students.
Story Dice Strategy
Story Dice are a tool for story building. They playfully provide a structure within which students imagine and create their own stories. Rather than creating a story from thin air, students work with a set of given circumstances – characters, setting and a type of conflict – and then make creative choices about the story they’re going to tell.
Story Building Worksheet and Outline
The Story Building Worksheet and Outline are graphic organizers to help structure students' creative process as they brainstorm and develop story ideas for original theater scenes.
Using a storyboard gives students a way to organize their ideas and map out their story. Encourage students to draw and write text on their storyboard. Using multiple modalities of drawing and writing helps MLs participate fully, in addition to capturing students’ visual ideas more vividly than words alone might.
Action Dialogue Template
This worksheet gives students a structured format for writing their first scene. It is a scaffolding tool for students new to this type of writing. Identifying an action for each actor helps students develop appropriate dialogue that drives the story forward.
In a school auditorium, a teaching artist demonstrates a pointed foot as students copy her.
Dancer's Toolbox
Students are introduced to the Elements of Dance through a “Tool Box” of foundational dance elements, concepts and movements. The Dancer’s Tool Box makes the building blocks of dance visible to students as they acquire a new physical and verbal vocabulary in dance.
Write a Movie Script
This worksheet helps MLs to get started with the process of writing a script for a movie or play. It breaks down the steps of creating exposition and conflict and explains relevant vocabulary.
Great Movie Checklist
This is a checklist for students creating original films. It gives definitions of terms commonly used in theater and film and gives students concrete structure for organizing their work
Theater Vocabulary Visual Aid
This tool helps students to understand theater vocabulary by providing visuals to illustrate each term.
Theater Visual Vocabulary