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Arts and culture

Grade 6

Personal and social skills

Module 3

Drama: dialogue and mime

Activity 1:

To develop dialogue with a partner

[lo 3.5]


Dialogue: conversation between two or more people; an exchange of options; discussion; lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction; a passage of conversation in literary or dramatic work; a literary composition in the form of dialogue

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Exercise 1

Imagine and then respond verbally to the following words:

spring * morning * sun * mountains * breeze
  • Note that the voice will spontaneously rise upwards.
  • Whatever is connected to the upward flow of life, with energy and amazement, rapture or fright, the voice will go up.
  • Explore other words or phrases that will have the voice go up lightly.
  • Imagine and then respond to the following words:
cemetery * graves * waste * silence * death
  • Whatever is bound to the ebbing of energy, with apathy or disillusionment, will descend along the scale of sound.
  • Explore other words and phrases that will have this colour in their voices.

Exercise 2:

  • The educator will present you with a few phrases and you have to interpret the phrases in different ways.


Tonight we shall be hearing some wonderful singing

  • If we are guided by the meaning of the phrase, we should place the accent on the direct meaning of the phrase – singing.
  • Imagine the phrase uttered by an effusive person whose room is plastered with pictures and posters of the singer.
  • Imagine him to be one who manages to ooze with rapture at every concert given by his idol.
  • Imagine how such a person might utter that phrase – the stressing of the word will be on wonderful .
  • Imagine an old professor speaking – to him singing is a fine and subtle art demanding culture and the knowledge of many craft secrets.
  • The professor speaks with contempt of many familiar singers.
  • The professor will utter this phrase in an altogether different manner than that of the enthusiast – emphasis on singing.
  • Imagine the phrase is spoken by a person who has tried many times to attend concerts of this singer – accent on we shall hear.


  • The dramatist must dramatise his material.
  • It must be transformed into action and conversation.

Exercise 3:

  • Write a short scene – one folio page – about a conversation between two people.
  • Choose any two characters.
  • Divide into pairs.
  • Read the dialogue and react to each other accordingly.
  • Decide which dialogue is the best.
  • Take the ‘winning’ dialogue and interpret it in different settings, moods and with different emotions.

Activity 2:

To assume leader and follower roles in mime

[lo 3.4]


Mime is the theatrical technique of expressing an idea or mood or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words .

It depends on the skills of the actor how he creates his character and environment through the physical movements of his whole body.

Exercise 4

  • Divide into pairs.
  • Face each other.
  • One has to be the leader and one has to be the follower.
  • You will be given verbal instructions by your educator and you will have to follow the instructions physically while facing each other e.g. “lift your right leg”, “catch a ball”, “there is water falling on your head”, “clean your face”, etc.
  • Plan the instructions beforehand.

Exercise 5

  • Take five minutes to prepare a short “leader and follower” mime.
  • Make sure that you show clarity in movement.
  • Make sure you portray a full range of motion when executing your movements.
  • Make sure the story or message is clear.
  • Perform your mimes to the rest of the class.
  • Choose their favourite mime from the class.
  • Follow the ‘winning’ pair with their movements.


  • It is important to create class structure and control, especially with a large number of learners.
  • Try to maintain a balance between give and take, concentration and relaxation, freedom and restriction.
  • Set clear aims and rules.
  • Be enthusiastic, caring and encouraging.
  • Do not talk too much.
  • Lead the learners to discover and wait for the moment when it happens.
  • React to the ideas and feelings of the class.
  • Encourage creativity.
  • Your instructions must be brief and clear.
  • Be well-prepared and adaptable.
  • Keep moving among the learners and see if they understand the instructions. Encourage them if necessary.
  • Let the class end on a high note.
  • Support what is good and try to ignore the mistakes – feedback must be constructive – not destructive.


Learning Outcomes(LOs)
LO 3
PARTICIPATION AND COOPERATION The learner is able to display personal and social skills while participating in arts and culture activities as an individual and in a group.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
GENERALIn regard to 3.1 – 3.6 below:
  • cooperates with other group members during arts activities;
  • is able to make his or her own contribution within the group;
  • accepts fellow learners;
  • shares resources, choice of materials and negotiates choice of subject matter in group project with other learners, with focus on:
  • joint decision-making;
  • presentation;
  • safety;
  • the environment;
  • cultural diversity.
MUSIC (3.5)
  • sings and/or plays in a group – canons, rounds and two-part songs from at least three cultural traditions of South Africa;
  • extends and develops given snippets of dialogue with a partner, showing ability to “feed off” and respond to partner’s ideas;
  • assumes both leader and follower roles willingly in dramatic activities;
  • displays dance partner skills in dance sequences;
  • shares opinions with other learners about dances from various cultures in a supportive and constructive way.
  • extends and develops given snippets of dialogue with a partner, showing ability to “feed off” and respond to partner’s ideas;
  • assumes both leader and follower roles willingly in dramatic activities;
DRAMA (3.3, 3.4)
  • extends and develops given snippets of dialogue with a partner, showing ability to “feed off” and respond to partner’s ideas;
  • assumes both leader and follower roles willingly in dramatic activities;

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