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Lesson: Act 1: Purple Bathrobes Attend and Opera
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.
For this writing worksheet, students investigate how a play script is written by reading a sample play in proper format. Students learn how to indicate stage directions and how to tell who is speaking. Students answer 3 questions.
Twelfth Night Act 2 Sc 5 Lesson Plan
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.
Development of English Drama
From mystery plays to Shakespeare! Progress chronologically through the evolution of English drama, which began as a way for English clergymen in the eleventh century to illustrate biblical stories to the mass of illiterate commoners. Learners will discover how the medieval morality play would eventually inspire playwrights of the Renaissance to write about the inner struggles and conscience of man.
Production of a Christmas Tree Ship Play
Fourth graders research and write a play about the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship that sank in 1912. They write the play and create the props before presenting the play.
Reading the Play
Middle schoolers 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.
Leveling the Gender Playing Field
Students explore whether or not the gender 'playing field' is becoming more level. They share their views by responding to questions regarding changing attitudes about women and men in the past, present and future.
Thomas Jefferson on the Sedition Act
Young scholars research and cite arguments Jefferson used in objecting to the Sedition Act. They discuss Jefferson's opinion on how constitutional questions about the Sedition Act could be resolved.
"Whose (Is)land is This?": topics in Immigration and The Tempest
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.
Lesson Plan: Sensory Exploration
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.
Lesson Plan: How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo
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.
Acting from Inside a Memory
Young scholars work in pairs to out act and then retell a story. In this personal experience lesson, students act out an event in their life and their partner retells the story. Young scholars discuss sequence of events and dialogue. Students demonstrate audience response skills.
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!
What Role did the Movies Play in Forming a New Generation of Youth After WWI?
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.
Design Problem-Solving - The World of the Play
Twelfth graders integrate the concepts and skills used in drama/theatre with other subjects by creating production designs. In small groups, 12th graders are assigned scenes from a play to act out. The lesson design is highly engaging and allows for better cognitive transfer.
The Stamp Act and Virtual Representation
"No taxation without representation!" While many have heard this rallying cry of the American colonists prior to the Revolutionary War, rarely is time given to hear the British reasoning behind their implementation of the Stamp Act. This instructional activity, which presents the cases of both the British government and American colonists side-by-side, will help your class acquire valuable perspective on a key event contributing to the American Revolution.
Romeo & Juliet-Act 5
Ah, Act 5 really exhibits the tragedy in Romeo & Juliet. Help your readers manuever through the text with this six-page reading guide. Originally designed for an honors classroom, these questions would be doable for a college preparatory classroom as well. Most of the questions rely on reading comprehension, but a few do require interpretation, compare and contrast, and the identification of literary devices.
Romeo & Juliet-Act I
As your class reads Romeo & Juliet, provide them with this reading guide designed for Act I. The questions are divided into scenes, and they focus on reading comprehension, interpreting the text, and studying developing characters.
Energy At Play
If you can find Tinker Toys™, then this may be a fun assignment for your physical science class. Using the construction set and a few other toys, they examine the forces involved when it they are being played with. For each, they determine how potential energy is stored, when kinetic energy is in action, and how energy is transferred. The instructional activity is long and materials heavy, but if you prepare a kit with the materials, you can use it over and over again to help you teach energy.
The Social Security Act
Students examine the Social Security Act of 1935. In this U.S. history lesson, students research primary sources in order to prepare for a mock debate of the act prior to it becoming legislation.