1. The students got into groups of 4 or 5 and chose a special holiday or special day i.e. Birthday, Christmas, Eid, Hanukkah, Mother's Day, Father's Day, July 4th, Canada Day, Halloween, Easter, March Break etc.
2. Then they modelled their holiday story on the 12 days of Christmas song.
3. Once the students decided on 12 items to get on their special day, they developed 12 different tableaux to creatively represent their special day.
4. Break the tableau rules and allow them to bring simple props into their tableau to create engagement and interest for the audience. Think of this assignment like an old silent film.
I use the same assessment criteria for almost all of my drama lessons, with minor specific changes. These criteria allow for student mastery in drama class. Students like to be successful and keeping the criteria consistent makes drama class an enjoyable part of a student's day. The students have been very engaged during these drama classes, and it still provides a holiday celebration while allowing for student choice.
If your students need more inspiration have them watch this YouTube video: Animals Sing 12 Days of Christmas
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