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Critiquing Performances Teacher Resources
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A fun lesson that utilizes toys and persuasion! After reading the article, which was written in 2005, pull some advertisements for toys currently being sold. These will be more relevant to your middle and high schoolers. What toy is a must have for them? Why? Being sensitive to your demographic, consider having learners write a persuasive letter asking for the toy for their birthday or an upcoming holiday! Will the power of persuasion work?
Young scholars describe to a partner theater experiences they have had in their lives that were memorable, and analyze why. They study about one director's original artistic choices for staging Shakespeare by reading and discussing "Nature's a Stage, and Often a Player." They will then plan a production of a play studied in class by acting as directors and envisioning, in small groups, a new way of staging, casting, costuming, and using music to bring it alive.
Students listen to a Japanese folktale and examine the type of theater from Japan called Kabuki Theater. They watch a video of a Kabuki Theater performance, discuss the elements of the theater, and create a mask inspired by the Kumadori make-up from the video. While the teacher reads a Japanese folktale, the students act out the story while wearing their masks.
Poetry patterns, an investigation, sounds like fun. Review poetic patterns, structure, and form then have your class make inferences and personal connections to the reading. They read with the class, individually, and with a partner, then perform specific poems for the class.