Theater Workshop/Creative Drama Interview Casting Activity P. Lee-Muratori
Common Core State Standards:
CC.9-10.SL.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CC.9-10.SL.1.b. Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
CC.9-10.SL.1.d Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.
CC.9-10.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Directions: Students will discuss and take part in an interview for an imaginary casting session with the rest of their peers and teacher acting as casting directors and producers. They will enter, shake hands, maintain eye contact, introduce themselves, answer questions judged to be appropriate for them by peers and teacher, and then listen and respond to casting feedback given by peers and teacher. Poise, grounded body language, thoughtful responses, engagement, and articulation are also desired qualities we will discuss and evaluate.
Element: Possible Points: Self: Other:
1. Student took part in a whole class
discussion of desired casting and interviewing
skills that are necessary/appropriate
when participating in an employment
interview. 10 ___ ___
2. Student will enter the room,
introduce him/herself, shake hands
with Mrs. Muratori, maintain eye
contact and have a positive attitude. 10 ___ ___
3. Student will call on other students
to ask pre-planned, open-ended questions
about his/her hobbies, interests, family,
personality, sports, fantasies, dreams,
goals, and/or other topics deemed appropriate
for each individual student. 10 ___ ___
4. Student will answer questions thoughtfully
and honestly in order to help peers and
teacher get to know him/her for casting
purposes. 20 ___ ___
5. Student demonstrates believable behavior,
body language, and speech (dialect, vocabulary,
volume, and speed) for his/her interview. 20 ___ ___
6. Student demonstrates an awareness of
articulation and projection, as is demonstrated
by the audience’s ability to hear and understand
the student at all times. 10 ___ ___
7. Student is completely committed to his/her
choices and is able to stay focused on his/her
task most of the time, and any “improvisational
moments” are handled with poise, a sense of
humor, and/or renewed focus. 10 ___ ___
8. Student listens politely to casting feedback
from peers and the teacher and may voice
his/her own opinions on the characters/roles
he/she wants to play during this semester.
10 ___ ____
Total Points: 100 ___ ____