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High schoolers examine the New York Times review of the film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and explore the elements of scriptwriting. They read the article about the film adaptation screenplay and examine a sample screenplay to determine the basic format and style.
10th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 31 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
4 mins 9th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Ancient Art of Shadow Puppet Plays
Shadow puppetry has an ancient past, it is also a great way to build oral expression and reading fluency. Young thespians research folk tales, compare and contrast reality and fantasy, then create and perform a shadow puppet play based on a favorite fairy or folk tale.
3rd Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 32 Downloads
Where’s the Water?: Acting Out Science Cycles
Young scientists transform themselves into rivers, oceans, clouds, and drops of water in order to explore the water cycle. After assigning and explaining to students their different roles in the activity, the teacher reads aloud a narrative describing the different stages of the water cycle while the class acts out each event.
2nd - 5th Science 121 Views 84 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
That's Moor Like It!
How do modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays relate to their original source material? Middle and high schoolers focus on Shakespeare's play Othello and its screen adaptation "O" to explore how modern film adaptations of Shakespeare have the potential to both enhance the original literature and detract from its meaning.
6th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 91 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The New York City Draft Riots: A Role Play
This is a fun, thought-provoking lesson. Learners use census data from 1855, primary source documents, their historical knowledge, and information regarding the New York City Draft Riots of 1863 to construct and engage in a role-play. The class is divided into either African-American or Irish immigrant households; they then act out several scenarios.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
Role Play Debate
Suggested topics for a role play debate include school uniforms and culpability for drunk driving, but any issue of interest to your class will work. What are the hot issues in your community or on the news right now? Class members brainstorm and assume the roles of various stakeholders.
3rd - 12th Social Studies & History 17 Views 194 Downloads
Should Secret Wiretapping be Legal?
The legality of wiretapping is the question in an exercise in which class members read a passage that presents arguments for and against this controversial practice. Groups then continue the discussion with a role-play activity. The fifth in a series of 24 resources that help class members build the skills necessary to engage in informed academic disucusions.
7th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
Save the Lofty Trees
Save the Lofty Trees, by Leslie Mills, provides the text for a study of the roles of animals and humans in the forest. Richly detailed, the plan offers two approaches to the play: as a scenario for children to imagine what actions would illustrate their thoughts and feelings, or as a scripted piece where the children act out roles.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 11 Views 48 Downloads
New Review Causes of the American Revolution
Beginning with the experience of hearing that lockers in school will be taxed, through analysis of political cartoons and informational text, and culminating in a debate between loyalists and patriots, your class members will engage in a comprehensive review of the causes of the American Revolution.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History 106 Views 90 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Tea, Taxes, and the American Revolution
Rather than simply summarizing the events that led to the American Revolution, have your learners listen as John Green offers some interesting points to be used as discussion or writing prompts in your review of the war. Green details early American colonies as self-governing entities, brings to light some hypocrisies of the War for Independence, and concludes by discussing the influence of the Enlightenment.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 30 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Romeo and Juliet - Act III
Need a guide to focus readers’ attention as they study Romeo and Juliet? The questions for Act III ask responders to analyze characters’ motives, interpret levels of meaning, and identify ironies in the events. The guide could be used as homework, for group work, or for whole class discussion.
9th - 10th Language Arts 21 Views 49 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Supernatural Shakespeare and Macbeth
"A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come." The withered and wild witches of Shakespeare’s Scottish play launch an examination of the fantastical elements in Act I, scene iii, paying particular attention to the action, imagery, characterization, and language.
9th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading the Play
Do figures of speech enhance a play or story? In small groups, learners locate and describe figures of speech they find while reading a reader's theater play. After making predictions, they describe how the figures of speech make the play better.
5th - 7th Language Arts 7 Views 147 Downloads
Random Acts of Kindness For Kids
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.
K - Higher Ed Language Arts 9 Views 193 Downloads
Aristotle's Six Elements Of A Play
Fifth graders view the play, The Ant and the Grasshopper. They define Aristotle's six elements of a play. At the end of the lesson, 5th graders be asked to participate in the play by acting like busy ants. This lesson would tie in nicely with an ant unit.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 20 Downloads
Act it Out: Dramatizing Asian American Stories
Read and act out folktales, fairy tales, or myths from various Asian American cultures with your class. Each group reads a story aloud and then works together to create a short play or skit about the story. Suggestions for stories are provided along with comprehension questions to help guide the learners' presentations.
K - 12th Language Arts 11 Views 69 Downloads
Active Viewing: Savage Acts
Based on the documentary film Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire, this lesson explores concepts of National interests and imperialism. They view sections of the film and share which images exemplify the meaning of each vocabulary term. As the film progresses various worksheets and group discussions are completed.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads