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Bill Irwin: All in a Day's Work
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Who is Bill Irwin? Some people know of him as Mr. Noodle from Elmo's World on "Sesame Street." Others recognize his work as a clown or a mime on Broadway. However, he is more than that. In addition to being an actor, a dancer, a performance artist, and a vaudeville clown, he is also a producer, director, writer, and choreographer. It's hard enough having one job in a production - be it on the small screen, on film or on the stage. Imagine taking on multiple roles and responsibilities. After studying Bill Irwin, you may think that he's the hardest working man in show business.

Grade Level:
Grade 6-8

Time Allotment:
Two classes for the preliminary work and the viewing of GREAT PERFORMANCES: BILL IRWIN, CLOWN PRINCE.
Two to seven classes for rehearsals and performances.

Subject Matter:
Drama, Research

Learning Objectives



Students will be able to:

  • Research and understand the different roles in a drama production
  • Assume one of the many different responsibilities of a drama production
  • Perform a play of the students' choice

Standards:

National Standards:

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 3, Standard 5
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=5
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 3, Standard 6
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/standardDetails.asp?subjectID=7&standardID=6
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 3, Standard 8
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=8
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 3, Standard 9
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=9
Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media

MCREL WORKING WITH OTHERS, Level 3, Standard 1
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=22&StandardID=1
Contributes to the overall effort of a group

This lesson was prepared by: Anna Chan Rekate.