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Students create and perform a dance or series of movements one to two minutes in length. Their dance supports and enhances the expressive qualities of the theater production and accompany the music students selected to perform.
Students identify the characteristics and elements of large scale rock productions. They examine the similarities between the American Vaudeville shows and the large-scale rock theater productions of the 1970's.
High schoolers examine the economic roller coaster involved in the production of a Broadway musical. They read online articles to investigate similarities and differences between nonprofit theater production and Broadway, or commercial, theater production.
Students think more seriously about what they want to do for a living after high school. They investigate other options for success excluding the college tract. They explore the ramifications of every occupation and pursuit placing different demands on the human body.
Your class will be “Over the Moon”  as they read an article about the Broadway musical, “Rent.” The article about this modern retelling of “La Boheme” launches a study of websites in preparation for class groups creating their own site celebrating a classic work of literature or theater. The richly detailed plan includes individual and group requirements for the project, discussion questions, assessments, extension activities, interdisciplinary connections, and resource links.
Students study the work of William Shakespeare. They survey the elements of comedy and tragedy and read plays and poems. They discuss the texts they read and recite poetry. They dramatize poems with movement and sounds and write poetry in verse forms.
Students 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 watch a video about Alicia Keys and discuss the business side of her career. Groups role-play producers for her new album taking on the responsibility for all aspects, including budgets, contracts, song production, and advertising.
Students learn the historical context of mask-making explore the elements of the art form.
Through this three-day lesson, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using dialectical journaling, your class will make analytical observations, comparisons, and ask textual questions. Using the data collected, they will present their findings in an analysis. Home connections, extensions, and differentiation activities included.
Fourth graders construct individual props. In this theatrical arts lesson plan, 4th graders use the elements of art to create various props using paper mache. Students construct objects such as logs, fruit, and a picture frame.
Students take a closer look at Japanese drama. In this Japanese culture lesson, students study the attributes of Noh theater and compare it western theater. Students conduct independent research on the art form prior to acting out a Noh play.
Explore creative interpretations of literature! Groups work cooperatively to create a dramatic presentation of one of Edgar Allan Poe's poems or short stories. Using the actual text, they incorporate figurative language, dialogue, phrases, lyrics, and/or choreography  into a dramatic presentation. Turn your room into a theater!
Students compare and contrast puppet theater traditions. In this cultural traditions lesson, students watch film clips of bunraku puppet theater in Japan and then research the art of puppet theater in the world. Students share their findings with their classmates by completing 1 of the 5 listed follow-up activities.
Twelfth graders analyze the elements of fiction and use literary analysis vocabulary to evaluate fiction works. In this fiction analysis lesson, 12th graders define elements of fiction and complete a diagram for the elements.Students keep a dialectical journal for the lesson. Students present an analysis, and write a letter to their teacher reflecting on the assignment.
Create a wanted poster for Puck. Assume the voice of Lady Macbeth and respond to her husband’s request for advice. Come to a feast dressed in Elizabethan clothing. Reenact a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays, complete with costumes, props, and sound effects. Take a virtual tour of the Globe Theater. Imagine the places learners will go with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of Shakespeare. The packet includes exercises designed specifically for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew, and others that would work with any of Shakespeare’s plays.
Learners compare Noh drama to western drama and trace the influence of Japanese theater on modern western drama.  In this Noh drama instructional activity, students read the play Black Tomb (Kurozuko) defining the elements and conventions of Noh drama and comparing Noh drama to western drama.  Learners then look at the influence of Japanese theater on modern western drama, specifically Yeats and Wilder.
Close the unit on Esperanza Rising with an in-class analytic essay on how Esperanza changes over the course of the novel. Writers can use any of their notes and work from the unit as well as their drafts of the first two paragraphs of the essay to aid them in composing the final product. They will write one completely new paragraph that targets their ability to compare and contrast. After writing, pupils complete a brief self-assessment. A fitting final product of this strong Common Core designed series of lessons.
The painting The Torn Hat by Thomas Sully will invite learners to analyze the face of a child from long, long ago. They'll use the provided background information and guiding questions to discuss the elements of art found in the image. You can then engage them in active learning through art with any of the eight suggested activities. 
Students are given a word bank relating to theater. In this word bank lesson plan, students are introduced to a list of words and their definitions. Students then build their vocabulary regarding theatrical concepts.

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