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This lesson plan 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 worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Students may check some of their answers online.
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.
Students investigate the world of Television by contrasting specific programs. In this visual storytelling instructional activity, 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.
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.
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.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. Students 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 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.
Students think about comedy skits, based on family or domestic situations, and stage one of their own.
Students create comedy skits based on family or domestic situation. They observe their own families, write a script for a vaudeville type skit, and perform the skit.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students present scenes from As You Like It and critique presentations of their peers. In this As You Like It instructional activity, students stage the opening scene, experimenting with different approaches to find the tone and style they think works best for the play. Students analyze and evaluate presentations.
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.
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. Sourced from Canada, where the broadcast industry has set voluntary standards to promote equity in the media. With graphic organizers.
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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. Your literature students will appreciate the nuances of their novels much more after this engaging lecture. Though the presentation seems long at 97 slides, note that slides that follow slide 58 contain research links and a detailed bibliography.