Drama Historical Context Teacher Resources
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Historical Context: African-American Oral Tradition
In this African-American oral tradition worksheet, learners 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.
10th - 11th English Language Arts
To Kill a Mockingbird: Culture and History
The second of 10 lessons in a unit study of To Kill a Mockingbird establishes the historical and cultural context of Harper Lee's novel. The class listens to second part of an audio that describes Lee's life experiences that parallel the novel, including her friendship with Truman Capote.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Greek Mythology Version 2.0: To Be or Not to Be an Epic Hero?
Using The Odyssey in your classroom? Then this resource is for you. After listening to a reading of a portion of Book 9 of The Odyssey and watching a PowerPoint about Greek heroes, partners complete a "Think Pair Share" chart about whether Odysseus meets any of the criteria for being a Greek hero.
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
11th - 12th English Language Arts
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.
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Creating Scrolls Based on the Illustrated Tale of Genji
Now these are learning activities full of fun, art, and cultural exploration. Kids consider the art of storytelling through comic book images. They then look at the Tale of Genji as it was written in the 11th century. They discuss Japanese art and culture then create an illustrated scroll that retells the Tale of Genji with an updated twist.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Arts and Culture: Dance - Historical Background of Dances
Throughout history, dance has had a spiritual or ritual significance depending on the context it's performed in. Critical thinkers research and create a multi-media presentation describing the use of dance and music in wedding rituals from around the world.
6th Visual & Performing Arts
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.
11th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film
Students 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.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
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.
11th - 12th English Language Arts
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.
8th - 12th English Language Arts
The Play's the Thing: The Drama of Cyrano de Bergerac
Students practice dramatic 'living' through various drama activities. In this drama lesson, students define drama, view examples of dramatic elements in Cyrano de Bergerac and Roxanne, define characterization within the dramas, study the common phrases and themes, complete protagonist and antagonist activities, research the importance of costuming, role play, and participate in a paper bag puppet activity.
8th English Language Arts
Teaching the Holocaust through Literature
Centered on the short story "The Tenth Man" by Polish Holocaust survivor Ida Fink, here is a solid one-day resource to support study of World War II or Nazi history, short stories, or to complement any ELA unit on The Diary of Anne Frank or Elie Weisel's Night.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
The Trial of Hamlet
Hamlet, that is not a rat behind the curtain, it is Polonius, and now you’re on trial for his murder. Practice and develop close reading skills, discover how a trial works, and get the entire class involved in this trial. The class breaks down into groups: judge, characters, prosecution, and defense.
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
"Et tu, Brute?" - The Characters, Conflict and Historical context of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
Students analyze the Shakespearian play, "Julius Caesar" in this seven lesson unit. Through readings, hands-on projects, and the study of plot development, comparisons are made to the movie and the historical records available.
6th English Language Arts
New Review The Geography Toolkit
If you're preparing to teach geography to your young learners, you'll definitely want to keep this resource handy. The toolkit contains 165 pages of a wide range of handouts and informational text to support incorporate geographic inquiry into your lessons, covering such topics as map projections and interpretations, geographic information systems, place narratives, and map analysis.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
That's Moor Like It!
How do modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays relate to their original source material? Middle and high schoolers focus on Shakespeare's play Othello and its screen adaptation "O" to explore how modern film adaptations of Shakespeare have the potential to both enhance the original literature and detract from its meaning.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable