Drama: Who's Your Favorite Actor?
- K-12: Language Arts
- 9th Grade
- 10th Grade
- 11th Grade
- 12th Grade
The Drama I teacher and the TL collaborate to create a project that teaches students about the history of acting and, at the same time, teaches them to use effective research skills. The teacher introduces the project, brings the students to the library media center and assigns each student an actor to research, and instructs them in stage presence and presentation techniques. The library media specialist teaches searching the online catalog, Internet research skills (including bibliographic style), and presentation software.
- 1000 Years of Famous People. Kingfisher, 2002.
- Biography Today series. Omnigraphics. (Profiles of people of interest to young readers) Biography books, such as the People in the News series from Lucent Books (2006).
- Various videos
- Biography Resource Center. Gale Student Resource Center. Thomson Gale (subscription service.) http://infotrac.galegroup.com/ menu
- Warwick, David. Landmarks Son of Citation Machine. Landmark Project, 2006. http://citationmachine.net/
Originally published in School Library Media Activities Monthly/Vol. XXIV,
No. 2/October 2007. Permission to amend for SOS posting granted by Libraries
Unlimited. The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (2007) were added
in the revision.
The drama teacher introduces the assignment, which is to create a six-minute presentation about an actor who lived within the last 100 years. Students must follow the rubric which was created by the TL. TL gives a presentation on search techniques including the difference between using Internet search engines and online subscription services.
Students are then given time to use the online cataloging program to look for print material and check out books about their actor.
The library media specialist gives a presentation reminding students of MLA style when writing their bibliography using the website Citation Machine.
Students begin computer searches. Students spend the next five days in the library media center researching through print and non print media. Students also have access to the video collection in order to find clips of their actor to present to the class.
Modeling and Guided Practice
After students have begun research, the library media specialist presents tips on using presentation software such as PowerPoint to students who need help.
Remainder of Lesson
Days 4 and 5 are devoted to research and working on the project. Students are given another week to finish their project on their own.
Sharing and Reflecting
Students present their six-minute project to the class. Time is allotted for questions and answers and students are given extra credit if they research someone else's actor and are able to ask questions during the presentation about that actor and his works.
Rubric for Assessment in PDF format