Open Forum

Emergency Sub Plans

  • 1.  Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-09-2018 10:07
    What do you do if you're in between units and need a sub for a couple of days? Movie?

    ------------------------------
    Taylor Horne
    Upper School Theatre Director
    Jacksonville FL
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-09-2018 10:42
    Usually I'd have the class read through a full length play and have the kids analyze it. A dvd of a live performance is also a good option. I personally never use a film in class. Everything they see is "live".

    ------------------------------
    Shira Schwartz
    Chandler Unified School District
    Chandler AZ
    ------------------------------



  • 3.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-09-2018 13:28
    Thank you, Shira! Are there any live performances you particularly enjoy?

    ------------------------------
    Taylor Horne
    Upper School Theatre Director
    Jacksonville FL
    ------------------------------



  • 4.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-09-2018 14:16
    I have a fairly extensive library of performances from the Globe (you can get them at Barnes&Noble or Amazon) but particularly like Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra.
    I also have really great Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline (although Jennifer Garner does not give a stellar performance...), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and quite a few musicals including Shrek, 2 versions of Campany, Putting It Together, Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Into the Woods, Victor/Victoria and 3 or 4 dvds of Tony performances (and there is a dvd that only focuses on the plays instead of the musicals).

    I also have dvds that focus on how shows are put together, how to approach performing shakespeare, stage make-up,etc. There are a lot of options depending on what your district's policies are regarding what you can show and where you can purchase from. It's taken me about 5 years or so but I have at least 20 full performances and 10 "other" performance related dvds.

    In my syllabus at the beginning of the year I put a general statement allowing me to show videos of live theatrical events on the same page the parents sign saying they've read and agree to the class requirements. It's made it a lot easier since I don't have to get individual permission slips for the different shows.

    I hope this helps!




    ------------------------------
    Shira Schwartz
    Chandler Unified School District
    Chandler AZ
    ------------------------------



  • 5.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-09-2018 17:53
    Theatrefolk has a ton of emergency sub plans on their website. I would discourage the showing of a movie. That's really tough for a sub.

    ------------------------------
    Garry Tiller
    Theatre Arts Teaching Artist
    Hawaii Independent Schools
    Honolulu, HI
    ------------------------------



  • 6.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-11-2018 14:58
    I personally have much better luck showing a film than expecting a sub to follow a lesson plan.  I assign a couple of students in each class to be in charge of the technology for the sub, and I tell the students that I will give them a quiz or directed response when I return.


    ------------------------------
    C. J. Breland
    Asheville High School
    Asheville NC
    ------------------------------



  • 7.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-12-2018 10:14
    ​Showing a movie in our district requires using the computer, which the sub is not allowed to do. I usually have a reading assignment - either a script or textbook - along with questions that the students have to answer. I re-do the material when I return.

    ------------------------------
    Ellen Di Filippo
    Tracy CA
    ------------------------------



  • 8.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-12-2018 01:09

    I have used a movie, requiring a film review at the end.  I have also used improv games, prompted writing, small group original script writing based on a familiar story, legend, or children's book.  (These were with middle and high school students)







    1503086114339_RondaGrundy.png





  • 9.  RE: Emergency Sub Plans

    Posted 03-12-2018 10:39
    I have a box labeled: Emergency Sub Plans (it's a large box that reams of paper come in).  It is filled with many activities that I have collected over the years and are fully explained plus general notes of procedures in case I was too ill to create a plan (I confess I dip into it myself for those odd days when we are between things.)  My student's and subs favorite activity in there are a box of story cards.  I get mine from Oh cards (http://oh-cards.com/index.php?article_id=67&clang=2).  Students get into groups of 3 or 4 and get a random 5 cards.  Using  those cards as source material they first construct a story.   Each group tells the rest of the class the story they created.  (I provide a worksheet outlining all this, but just the basic directions are enough).  Then, the group retells the story as a series of Tableaux (human slide show).  It is possible to extend it to character development (monologue creation, thought tracking, etc.) and whatever other techniques you use in your regular program.  I find this activity works multiple times over the year.  It works particularly well with my class of students who are new to the English language.

    ------------------------------
    Richard Silberg
    Drama/ESL Specialist
    Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
    Berkeley, California
    ------------------------------