Body Smart: Vocabulary Comprehension

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So far, we have chosen and written the script for a theatre scene, but understanding it completely can be quite difficult. The main issue being that a script is a literary genre on its own, so the structure is quite different to a regular book.

Let’s see an example with a James Bond scene:

CRACK! A 50 foot stiletto of ice breaks off, CRASHING onto the rocks below. Regaining his foothold, Bond looks down: Certain death. He looks up: So very, very, far to go. Bond shakes his head:

BOND
There has to be an easier way to earn a living.

Still, Bond climbs. Huffing, sweating, he goes up, and up, until –

ANOTHER ANGLE –

He’s 25 feet from the top. He drives a first ice pick in. Gets a toehold. But when he slams the second pick in –

THE ICE WALL SHATTERS, FALLING AWAY IN FRONT OF HIM. IN THE SHOCK –

BOND LOSES HIS GRIP ON THE FIRST ICE PICK –

As we can see, the scene is thoroughly described, so it’s important for us to understand the vocabulary completely. The best way to achieve this is through reading! Try to read as many books, stories, and scripts in order to gather as much vocabulary as you can.

The next thing we have to do is to form a general idea of the scene: what is happening? Who is doing it? Where is it happening? When is it happening? Try to answer these questions and you’ll see new vocabulary you might not understand, so we are able to look it up later on!

Acting a scene out not only will help us use our body in order to communicate, but it will also help us practice our speaking abilities as well as our Image smart, because besides the different props and scenography, we have to rely on our imagination in order to better express our feelings!

Vocabulary:

  • Shatter: Break or cause to break suddenly and violently into pieces.
  • Thorough: Complete with regard to every detail; not superficial or partial.
  • Huff: Blow out loudly; puff.
  • Props: Objects that are used on a theatre stage or in a movie. 

Recommendations:

Act a scene from your favourite movie! Choose a character and get in character, imagine and assimilate what your character feels, and what are their motivations. This will help you understand the character themselves, the scene, and even your own emotions!

Questionnaire:

Have you acted before? How was it?If not, would you do it? Why?

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Mr. Braulio D. López Vázquez from Polanco Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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