Cover the Space
"Walk around the space at your own pace. In a few seconds I am going to ask you to freeze in an individual image of the main character of our poem. We decided that this character feels (list emotion from earlier brainstorming). Think for a moment about what this emotion means to you. Please freeze in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1."
While frozen split group in half, ask one half to relax. Ask observing group: "What do you see? How are they showing this emotion in their bodies?" Continue to cover the space and freeze in another emotion. Split group in half and repeat the process.
Two Person Image
"As you are walking think about the image of (an image that we listed earlier)? What does it mean to you? What does it look like? In just a moment I am going to have you find a partner who is close to you and work together to create a two person image or tableau of what this image might look like. You will only have to the count of five to create this image. Please freeze in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1."
While frozen, split group in half, ask one half to relax. Ask observing group: "What do you see? How does it relate to the image we remembered from the poem?"
Switch and invite the other group to make observations on the frozen images.
Transition: "I would like to invite everyone to sit back down. Now, we’re going to bring the photos from our photo album to life with our whole group."
"I want to invite you to think about this poem and its imagery. Take a moment to think back to the ‘photo album’ we created as a class."
Encourage students to think about what else, or who else might be in this picture, both people and objects in the environment. "What could be happening backstage? What could be happening in the audience?" The goal at this point is to expand the photos from our album and create the full moment in a frozen picture. They can infer from the text other events or people who might be just outside the frame of our photograph. Take one of the photos and build the image one person at a time with up to 5 people.
While the image remains frozen, the facilitator puts a hand over one character’s head and introduces the idea of a thought bubble and asks the students in the audience: "What might this character be thinking? If they were going to put those thoughts into a line of dialogue, what might that line be?"