Drama Historical Context Teacher Resources
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Historical Context: African-American Oral Tradition
In this African-American oral tradition worksheet, students read and learn about the vast and important history of the oral traditions that existed in the African-American culture. Students use this worksheet as a pre-reading text to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Students also have several questions to complete at the end of the text.
New! Activities for Teaching “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
Use all of these exercises, assignments, and assessments or pick and choose your favorites for your study of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. In this resource you will find: an informational text to examine, vocabulary lists and exercises, comprehension and paraphrasing exercises, various graphic organizers, information on setting, a chance to compare literature, an activity centered around meter and rhyme scheme, an extended writing assignment about extended metaphor, a poem-writing assignment, and a quiz. Truly a wealth of resources for "The Road Not Taken."
Live From Antiquity!
Pupils gain an appreciation for Greek drama. They explore the cultural and historical context of Greek drama. They reconstruct the experience of seeing a Greek drama performed.
Investigating the Harlem Renaissance
The work of Langston Hughes opens the door to research into the origin and legacy of the Harlem Renaissance and how the literature of the period can be viewed as a commentary on race relations in America. In addition, groups are assigned one critical approach to use to analyze Hughes’ play, Mulatto: A Play of the Deep South.
Live From Antiquity!
High schoolers examine how ancient Greek drama by studying a play by Sophocles. They investigate the cultural and historical implications of Greek drama and share a presentation or performance with the class.
Discovering Language Arts-Intermediate Fiction
Explore the elements of science fiction. Students investigate the literary elements present in science fiction and write their own science fiction stories.
Figures of Speech: A Midsummer Night's Dream
High school readers analyze figures of speech in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with support from a two-page worksheet. They respond to four multi-step questions regarding the use of metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and irony in the play.
Sophocles' Antigone: Ancient Greek Theatre, Live from Antiquity
Students analyze Antigone and its universal issues as well as explore ancient Greece. In this Antigone and Ancient Greece activity, students read and complete activities for Sophocles' Antigone. Students reconstruct the experience of a Greek drama as a presentation, performance, or report.
'You Kiss by the Book': Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Students study Shakespeare's lyric form, plot and characterization in the play romeo and Juliet. They read and act out portions of the play and, in groups, find and examine similar moments in the play where Shakespeare spotlights the action through lyric form.
Music in South India-Kerala
Students identify various instruments and styles of music from South India-Kerala. In this music lesson, students discover main languages of South India and the Kathakali dance drama. Students discuss the types of singers and dancers in the dance drama. Students listen to a recording and discuss beat and percussion.
Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape
Students read The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill and discuss the historical context and the structure of the play. In this The Hairy Ape lesson, students draw a line diagram to represent the structural movement of the plot. Students discuss Darwin's theory of evolution and the parallels that can be drawn with the play.
A House Divided: Photography in the Civil War
Students study Civil War photography and write captions for each picture based on context. In this Civil War photography lesson, students match photographs with their original captions. Students read included short biographies of the photographers. Lastly, students discuss the specific features of the photographs that led to a correct match.
Women's Lives in American Paintings
Students analyze paintings to determine characteristics of women and attitudes toward them in different time periods. They create a portrait of a woman and discuss their views of women through their own artwork.
Music in South India - Kerala
Students immerse themselves in the music and culture of Kerala in South India. In musical dramas, they identify the language, instrumentation, and type of stories being told. After locating Kerala on a map, they discuss its geography, culture, and history.
Traditional Japanese Dance
Students study introductory history and cultural purposes of selected Japanese dance forms. They analyze the philosophical beliefs, social systems, and movement norms that influence the function and role of Japanese dance in the lives of its people.
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.
Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film
High schoolers research the social context of Elizabethan England for Shakespeare's "Hamlet". They identify cultural influences on the play focusing on the theme of revenge and then analyze and compare film interpretations of the play.
Creating a Tableau Vivant (living Painting) of the Fox Chase
Students research the characters depicted, by artists who worked in the Lyme Art Colony in the early 1900s, in the painting, "The Fox Chase" . They develop a script and staging for a scene in which the character might have lived. They perform the tableau vivant and reflect on other group's performances.
Narrative Art: What's the Story?
An extensive lesson on art analysis, storytelling, critical thinking, and observation awaits your class! They learn to observe and read art the way they would a story; paying attention to details, historical context, and visual cues that describe a place, time, and thought. The lesson is broken into four parts, where learners discuss what they see, review content specific vocabulary, and finally create a work of art that expresses a story. Note: The lesson could be used in either an art or language class.
English Literature: An Overview
Relate literary works and authors to the major themes of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 20th century. Working in groups, high schoolers will evaluate period philosophy, religion, and politics that influenced characters, plots, and settings. They will also give Powerpoint presentations that include slides, recitations, and important works of their assigned period.