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In 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.
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. 
Middle schoolers perform a play based on pollution. In this pollution science lesson plan, students perform a play about different pollutants and how it effects our daily lives.
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
Students read, act, and write about an act from the play Twelfth Night. In this play analysis lesson, 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 lesson, watch a video of the scene, and complete a research activity.
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. A comprehensive list of teaching notes and activities is included. A fine environmental resource.
Students can write plays to reinforce and review any topic.
Students read and complete activities for the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night. In this play analysis lesson plan, students discuss the themes, characters, and literary devices used in Act 2, Scene 5 of the Twelfth Night. Students complete a journal writing prompt, watch a video, and research Shakespearean insults online.
Students examine Thomas Jefferson's arguments when objecting to the Sedition Act. In this Thomas Jefferson lesson, 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 instructional activity, 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. 
Students complete play analysis activities for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In this play analysis lesson plan, students read Act 5 and a summary of the play. Students complete close reading analysis activities including characterizations, theme analysis, journal activities, and watch a video.
Bring to life the severity of the Espionage and Sedition Acts through a mock trial. Learners have prior knowledge of WWI and the context of these acts. An anticipatory set gets the class discussing the ethics of wartime dissension, and they create the story behind a court case in which one of their classmates is on trial for sedition. Not much is offered in the way of structuring the trial, however a detailed rubric is available as well as research links (not all work).
Students examine the Employee Free Choice Act. In this workers' rights lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the legislation. Students work in pairs to discuss questions and debate the pros and cons of the Employee Free Choice Act.
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.
Students complete play analysis activities for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Students read Act 4, Scene 2 for the play and a summary. Students complete close reading activities including discussion points, themes, literary devices. Students finish with reading assessments of journal writing and a research activity.
Students analyze primary source documents and photographs to analyze the implications of the Lend-Lease Program. In this research lesson plan, students read and discuss letters and speeches related to the Lend-Lease Act, evaluate FDR's presentation of the Act, and write explanations of the impact of the Act based on photo analysis.
Learners complete play analysis activities for Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In this play analysis lesson plan, students read a summary of the scene and complete close reading discuss activities. Learners analyze the vocabulary and literary devices in the scene. Students write journal prompts and class activities for the play.

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