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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. 
In this online interactive literature learning exercise, learners respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Shakespeare's The Comedy of ErrorsStudents may check some of their answers online.
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. The concepts are quite complex.
Young scholars 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.
Students investigate the world of Television by contrasting specific programs.  In this visual storytelling lesson plan, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Using Jon Stewart's popularity as a jumping-off point, class members discuss news media and read articles about Jon Stewart. The essay prompt is included; however, you might need to set aside more class time for planning and drafting. The wealth of materials is the strong point of this resource.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's Comedy of ErrorsStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
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. They perform their skit in front of the class.
Students study the work of William Shakespeare. They survey the elements of comedy and tragedy and read plays and poems. They discuss the texts they read and recite poetry. They dramatize poems with movement and sounds and write poetry in verse forms.
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. Students then rewrite actions in proper sequence, compare and contrast Mexican and American television comedy, and compose and present original comedy scene.
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.). Practice opportunities are woven throughout the show to assess your class.
Pupils listen to a number of Aesop's fables and identify characters, plot, and morals. They construct and decorate "comedy" and "tragedy" masks, and then perform a retelling of the Aesop's fable of their choice.
Start by defining the word sitcom with the goal of launching a discussion. What exactly is a sitcom? How is a sitcom different from sketch comedy, drama, and reality television? Class members give examples, remember storylines they've seen or heard before, and discuss ways to make old ideas seem fresh. There's an article to read (attached), questions to answer, and activities to help your class explore and analyze sitcoms. 
Students explore the structure and artistry of Dante's Divine Comedy.
High schoolers study the structure and artistry of Dante's, Divine Comedy. They examine how romantic love is interpreted in the episode of Paolo and Francesca while experiencing literary allusions.
Students define many terms related to film and genres. They examine examples of screwball comedy and apply the vocabulary terms to that genre. They discover how to "read" or analyze films they watch.
Students think about comedy skits, based on family or domestic situations, and stage one of their own.

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