1. GENERAL HEADING: Voice and Body Exercises
2. TITLE OF EXERCISE: "Throwing Your Line"
3. GOALS: To develop students' awareness of the importance of the last word of each line and to "physicalize" the language.
4. NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Any number
5. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: None
6. CLASS TIME NEEDED: Five minutes or more, depending upon students' endurance.
7. STEP-BY-STEP DESCRIPTION:
Using any sonnet, or any verse passage from the plays, the group, speaking in unison, reads the passage one line at a time, physically throwing the final word with their arms.
The exercise is continued, with variations: the final word is kicked into the center of the circle, then punched, then shouted as the speakers jump on the final word.
8. POINTS FOR OBSERVATION, DISCUSSION: Importance of the final word in a line of verse; the value of feeling the language physically; associating it with one's musculature.
9. SOURCE/REFERENCE: Audrey Stanley, Co-Director of the Institute, UC-Santa Cruz
10. ADDITIONAL READING: N.A.
11. VARIATIONS: Any verse passage from Shakespeare may be used.