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Dramatic and Theatrical Aspects in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”: A Common Core Exemplar
“So I’m going to have a copy of this play put in the cornerstone and the people a thousand years from now’ll know a few simple facts about us.” Our Town is used as the text in a Common Core exemplar that examines the dramatic and theatrical aspects of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Beginning Drama: Days 1-5
New to teaching drama? Don't worry. Here is a set of lessons to guide you through the first five days of class. Activities, rationale, discussion questions, and standards are all provided. You'll be able to introduce your kids to improv, collaborative learning, script writing, and the basics of acting.
9th Visual & Performing Arts
Elements of Drama: Vocabulary
Introduce your young thespians to the elements of drama! Key vocabulary helps them through their first week of class. The presentation outlines parts of a script, stage direction, and strategies for reading a script. Tip: The strategies for script reading might be useful for struggling readers.
7th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts
Drama: A Warm-Up Routine
Marketing, lighting, setting the stage, and a script. It sounds like we're going to be putting on a show! Your enthusiastic young actors research pop culture in all its facets, then set to work to write a polished script and perform an original piece depicting something to do with a pop star.
8th Visual & Performing Arts
Introduction to Drama
Introduce your class to drama! You cast each pupil as a different character from a story you have read. They are given a general outline of the scene, act out the scene multiple times, then discuss the weak and strong aspects of each rehearsal.
2nd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Mark Twain: "The Glorious Whitewasher"
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence...expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Readers are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as possible. The passage is included with bolded vocabulary words to define in-context, and underlined words defined in the margins.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Silent Movies: A Year 7 Scheme of Work
Even an outline can give you enough information to execute an awsome project. The tasks for each of the seven weeks of this project are defined, as well as the objective and specific content facilitated through the project. Learners will study silent film, aspects of drama, and script writing, then they create a silent film of their own.
6th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts
Romeo and Juliet "What if...?"
Shakespeare too confusing? Rewrite it! Small groups each take on one act of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, repurposing it into more modern language. They summarize the act as a group and then act out the basic play using created scripts, blocking, and costuming.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Use drama to study and practice dialogue. Creative minds discuss what dialogue tells about a character, and how it can be used to advance the plot. They read a play, think about what they gleaned from dialogue, and record their observations in response logs.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Drama: Learn A Lesson from the Lion
Reading is reading, whether it's for drama or English class. Boost reading fluency, accuracy, intonation, and comprehension while fostering creative acting skills. Kids read the provided tale of "The Lion and the Mouse" several times in small groups, they then perform the story for the class.
1st Visual & Performing Arts
Act it Out: Dramatizing Asian American Stories
Read and act out folktales, fairy tales, or myths from various Asian American cultures with your class. Each group reads a story aloud and then works together to create a short play or skit about the story. Suggestions for stories are provided along with comprehension questions to help guide the young scholars' presentations.
K - 12th English Language Arts
Scripting a Crime Drama
Develop novice script-writers. Small groups sift through a sample script, noting any script-writing conventions to share with the whole class. Using these conventions and plot structures, these groups compose a script for a 10 minute excerpt of a television crime drama.
9th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts
Modern American Theatre: Intro to Drama
Set this slideshow up at as an independent work station, or to provide your theater arts class with a look at the many manifestations of modern literary drama. Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and Arthur Miller are the focus of the text-driven presentation.
10th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Kids get up and act! To promote inventiveness, timing, and clowning, they pair up and act as though they are looking in a mirror. Child A does a move while child B attempts to mimic it as closely as possible. This is a fun activity that could be incorporated into theater arts or into a variety of other lessons.
K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
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 English Language Arts
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm - "The Fisherman and his Wife"
Help young readers learn to read and interpret complex text independently. Teach young children to ask interpretive questions and use the text itself to answer them. Use art, word play and drama to provide a deeper understanding of stories.
3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
History vs. Andrew Jackson
What would happen if the values and decisions of the past were put on trial today? Watch as the answer unfolds in a clever cartoon drama centering on the presidency of Andrew Jackson. A great way of opening the door to multiple points of view, the video presents opposing perspectives on a variety of decisions and actions undertaken by the seventh United States president.
5 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History