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I really like this idea. Upper graders discover the connection between art and theatre by first analyzing the artists' choices and motivation in creating the installation piece, Four Purple Velvet Bathrobes. In groups, they write one-act plays, each taking on the persona of one of the bathrobes attending an opera. They then perform their plays for the class.
As part of their study of Twelfth Night, Act II, scene v, class members examine the character of Malvolio, Olivia's letter, and the themes developed in the scene. In addition, pupils use an online link to the Shakespearean Insult Generator to craft their own insults. These creations can also be translated into illustrations and posted about the classroom. A fun exercise for artless, base-court, apple-johns.
Using their keen eyes and ears, learners build story observation skills which they will use to create sensory detail in their art. They note all of the things they observed on a walk, categorize them by sense, and then use the same skill as they analyze the painting, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The lesson culminates in a writing and play-acting activity.
Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote stories of their own. Tons of great background information will make discussing the painting a breeze.
Students work in pairs to out act and then retell a story. In this personal experience lesson plan, students act out an event in their life and their partner retells the story. Students discuss sequence of events and dialogue. Students demonstrate audience response skills.
Students read the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. In groups, they identify the instances of similes, metaphors and personification. They use the Internet to compare and contrast the events in the play with historical facts. To end the lesson, they hold a mock trial to examine Brutus' innocence or guilt.
Class members compare the ways the subject of immigration is treated in The Tempest, Act I, scene ii, Act II, scene i and Act III, scene ii with patterns in American history. After tracing their own family’s journey, a series of activities gets learners thinking about the reasons behind immigration, the dreams and plans of new immigrants, and the denial of access many groups faced. The final discussion focuses on the ways The Tempest can be seen as a warning to modern audiences.
Eighth graders study the enactment of the Quebec Act of 1774. They review the events that occurred prior to the Quebec Act between the French, British and native relations. They create a chart to identify the conditions of the Proclamation Act, suggest alternative actions and speculate on the consequences of the Act.
Take some time to write multiple play scripts in your class. The first script is entirely collaborative. The class decides on characters and a first line, individuals choose a second line of dialogue and then pass their notebooks around in a circle, adding a line to each script that passes through. The second script is individual and the third is completed in small groups and related to the natural world. Playwrights can perform one, two, or three different plays over the course of two days!
Develop a world-wide, email chain on which class members can showcase their acts of kindness. After defining the meaning of random acts of kindness through discussion and through a reading of Random Acts of Kindness, learners participate in kindness activities and create an email chain with pupils around the world.
Students read, act, and write about an act from the play Twelfth Night. In this play analysis activity, students read a summary of the act and discuss various segments of the play. Students identify literary and vocabulary points and complete a journal activity. Students participate in an acting exercise for the activity, watch a video of the scene, and complete a research activity.
Young scholars read and discuss act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare's, Twelfth Night. In this Shakespeare lesson, students read and discuss this scene line by line while investigating the themes of gender roles and levels of love. They also discuss the literary devices of synecdoche and apostrophe before answering journal prompts. Finally, they watch a web based video of the scene.
Students examine Thomas Jefferson's arguments when objecting to the Sedition Act. In this Thomas Jefferson lesson plan, students read about Thomas Jefferson's arguments against the Sedition Acts using on-line material while working in groups. They write a position paper based on the material which is used as an assessment.
Students act out the Civil War through reader's theater. In this performing arts lesson, students research the Civil War and find costumes, props and scenery appropriate to the time period. They become characters from the Civil War time and identify and connect with these people.
Class members examine a series of primary and secondary source materials to try and ascertain the role films played in forming “a new generation of youth after World War I.” Individuals are assigned one of three documents to examine, form expert groups to share their findings, and then participate in jigsaw discussions. The documents, part of the packet, include a plot summary for The Jazz Singer, an excerpt from Herbert Blumer’s, Movies and Conduct, and a commentary about the film Are Parents People? Individuals craft a reflective essay to conclude the exercise. The 2001 Frontline program Merchants of Cool and the accompanying materials provided by PBS would provide a great extension to the exercises in this resource.