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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 23 Views 82 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 10 Views 35 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 70 Views 152 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 21 Views 72 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
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
Lesson: More than Brushing my Teeth
Humor can often be found in everyday life. Young analysts critically examine a sculpture and apply what they discuss to their own life experiences. They perform skits of daily activities, such as brushing their teeth. Next, they make a poster of the action and share it with the class.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 17 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
Literary Analysis: Taming of the Shrew Identification of “Farce”
The Taming of the Shrew is a play filled with humor, coarse wit, horse play, and farce. Here is a worksheet that provides a number of such literary elements. Learners provide specific examples from the play. They write down direct quotes or examples next to one of the humorous elements listed.
9th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 8 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 9 Views 54 Downloads
The Study of Jon Stewart’s Comedy on America
What do your pupils think of the state of news casting in the United States? Find out with the materials and plan provided here. The resource includes a journal prompt, several reading selections, an essay prompt, a model essay, a rubric, and a self-assessment.
10th - 12th Language Arts 28 Views 41 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 41 Views 123 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
Comparing and Contrasting Two Genres: Screwball Comedy and Film Noir with Reference to "Double Indemnity"
Students 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
Literature Study Guide: Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night
These teaching tools support a learner-centered literature study at home or in the classroom. Aimed at Shakespeare's comedy The Twelfth Night, but suitable for any text, the materials are widely applicable: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading schedule, plot flow chart, and character map.
9th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 65 Downloads
Women’s Roles in As You Like It
“There is nothing that becommeth a maid better than soberness, silence, shamefastness, and chastity, both of body & mind.” This line, from Thomas Bentley ‘s The Monument of Matrons published in 1582, typifies the way women were viewed during the Elizabethan period.
9th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Humor in the Movies
Lighten the mood in your film class (or film as lit class) with this amusing presentation. From pictures of Sacha Baron Cohen as his infamous character Borat to a play-by-play of jokes and exaggerated plot lines in many popular movies, your class will get a kick out of the multitude of funny examples.
12th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads