7th Grade Vocabulary

    Unit 1: Ensemble Building

    Drama: To do or to act; the art form of live theatre performed for an audience.

    Ensemble: (noun) The group before the individual; a team that has each other's backs.

    Feedback: Sharing specific observations and giving clear suggestions to encourage improvement after viewing a performance


    Uses specific drama vocab and/or language from the Rubric.

    • Helps keep our feedback clear and specific. 
    • When we use terms that we’ve all learned together, our listener can immediately understand what you mean. 
    • It keeps us from saying vague, unhelpful things like “That was good,” or “I didn’t get it,” or “Nice job.” 

    Gives a clear suggestion for how to improve (even if listener is at “Exceeds”!)

    Shows strong desire for peer to feel supported and encouraged AND eagerness for peer to learn and improve.


    Dialogue: The words/sentences and actor speaks when it is their turn. Synonym: lines; WHAT A CHARACTER SAYS

    Stage Directions: The actions of the play written in the script; WHAT A CHARACTER DOES


    Unit 2: Improvisation Basics

    Improvisation (improv): Creating stories from scratch, together. Action or words that are not planned ahead of time, make it up as you go.

    Offer: Idea (through action, words, or gestures) that we add to an exercise, game, or scene.

    **Accept ideas, SAY YES, and add your own ideas to move a story forward! Nothing stops an improv faster than shutting down an offer!

    **Strong offers GIVE INFORMATION that your partner can use and build on, instead of making them do all the thinking work!

    Projection: using strong voice clarity (volume, enunciation) and an open body to make performance easily accessible to an audience

    Diaphragm: a large, flat muscle that separates the lungs from the stomach area and plays a major role in breathing and aids in volume

    Enunciation: slowly and carefully articulating speech to be easily understood; synonym is articulation

    Objective: what a character WANTS in a scene, what a character is FIGHTING for


    Unit 3: Building Improv Scenes

    Scene: a short narrative (story) that includes a specific relationship, setting, and conflict. Often within a larger work.

    Relationship: The specific way that characters are related or connected to each other (e.g. husband/wife, boss/employee, parent/child, best friends, coworkers, etc.)

    Setting: Where and when a scene takes place (city park, classroom, busy street, evening, etc.)

    Pantomime: To communicate objects and actions by movement and gesture.

    Gesture: A movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning

    Conflict: the problem in the scene, often caused by conflicting objectives

    Objective: what a character wants in a scene, what the character is fighting for

    Stakes: What the characters have to lose, what makes the scene more urgent or important for the characters.

    Tactics: the strategies someone uses to achieve an objective