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Shakespearean Comedy on Film
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close critical analysis and to compare the play to its film version.
9th - 12th Language Arts 16 Views 79 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Talk about laugh: Situation comedies
Students get the opportunity to study language, narrative structure, characterization and comedy. Situation comedies are an intensely verbal form of television, and often have a circular story structure, based around stable and consistent character types.
7th - 9th Language Arts 15 Views 19 Downloads
Television: Comedy Vs. Drama
Students investigate the world of Television by contrasting specific programs. In this visual storytelling lesson, students compare and contrast the differences between comedy and drama by making a Venn Diagram. Students utilize the Internet to research the viewing statistics of average people.
2nd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 10 Downloads
Greek To Us - Comedy, Tragedy, and Satire
The history of Greek drama is the focus of this multiple-choice quiz. Ten questions ask about historical figures and the roots of tragedy and comedy in Greek religious festivals. While studying Greek drama, use this quiz to test your learners.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 19 Views 70 Downloads
Comparing and Contrasting Two Genres: Screwball Comedy and Film Noir with Reference to "Double Indemnity"
High schoolers compare and contrast the narrative form of film with the artistic style. They also compare the screwball comedy genres with the film noir genre. They examine the historical roots of film.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
Comedy Across the Curriculum
The New York Times Learning Network provides the resources that permit pupils to examine and then write and perform a fake news broadcast in the vein of “The Daily Show” or “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update. The generated reports should reflect the class’s knowledge of understanding of both the genre of news satire and people and topics in the news.
11th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 34 Downloads
Cry Until You Laugh
Students write about the relationship between comedy and personal pain in their journals. After reading an article, they examine the Humber College school of comedy. They brainstorm difficult events in their own lives and create sketches of them.
6th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 38 Downloads
Chespirito, "Los Asaltantes Del Banco"
Students brainstorm and make list of successful and funny classic TV comedy shows, discuss, in Spanish, specifics of shows on list, review biography of Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, and view episode of Chespirito, jotting down information about setting, characters, and sequence.
9th - 12th Languages 8 Views 51 Downloads
Before introducing your class to a play, discuss what a drama is, its structure, and some key elements. There are two main types of plays, tragedies and comedies. While the presentation focuses on identifying each type, consider offering some actual examples (Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, etc.
7th - 9th Language Arts 58 Views 145 Downloads
A Question of Style: Exploring the Nature of Shakespeare's Comedy
Students present scenes from As You Like It and critique presentations of their peers. In this As You Like It lesson, students stage the opening scene, experimenting with different approaches to find the tone and style they think works best for the play.
9th - 11th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
What's the Definition of Comedy? Banana.
Comedy eludes definition; however, there have been many attempts to assign a definition. The narrator explains concepts introduced by Henri Bergson and Aristotle as he approaches the topic. These ideas are animated with cartoons and are accompanied by supplementary materials, accessible through the toolbar on the right side of the page.
5 mins 11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
Diversity in Media: Looking Critically at What We See
This learning experience fosters awareness of representations we see, and don't see, in the media. Learners list TV programs, games, and films they enjoy, identify characters' ethnic, religious, (dis)ability, and sexual orientation status, assess whether what they see accurately represents where they live, and discuss equity or the lack of it in the media.
8th - Higher Ed Language Arts 31 Views 115 Downloads
Literature and Humor
From Canterbury Tales to The Odd Couple, this presentation details the different treatments of humor in different literary formats. Numerous authors and works of literature are represented here as examples of satire, irony, comedy, and tragedy.
Higher Ed Language Arts 3 Views 17 Downloads