Super Hero’s Therapy Group PBLA
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. (See grades 9-10 Language standards 1 and 3 on pages 54 for specific expectations.)
Directions: Students will work in groups to plan, improvise, and perform a therapy group to help super heroes adjust to “normal life.” The improvisation features a strong, helpful therapist and a collection of identifiable super heroes who bring to the group their individual challenges in trying to fit in. These problems may be related to love, success, employment, school, friendships, family, hobbies, sports, pets, or whatever you see as a part of living a full life.
Element: Points: Student: Teacher:
1. The therapist and the super heroes
are immediately identifiable through their
use of body language, verbal interactions,
facial expressions, posture, attitude,
and/or movement 20 ___ __
2. There is at least one important
conflict in the course of the performance.
(Conflict= one character wants something
and the other characters don’t want him
/her to get it).
10 ___ ___
3. There is at least one important
connection between and/or among
characters. This can be between the
therapist and a patient or among
patients or both!
10 ___ ___
4. Characters are ‘larger than life’
(=high energy) but believable in their
context 20 ___ ___
5. There is an effective
organization to the performance.
In other words, the scene
makes sense to the audience, and they
can basically accept and relate to
the kooky reality of the participants. 20 ___ ___
5. Split screen is effective.
(=Not more than one major
interaction is going on at a time),
and nobody is talking over anyone
else. . 10
6. The group is having fun. 10 ___ ___
Total: 100 ___ ___
What could use improvement or further exploration?
Future Goals to Work On: