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The magic of toy theatre from days gone by is captured beautifully in an app that allows for staging and recording a paper cut-out play of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (or using his characters to create your own). Great for young learners or advanced thespians alike, this is fabulous for rehearsing lines, practicing blocking, and storyboarding.
Pre-K - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 1 Download
Development of English Drama
From mystery plays to Shakespeare! Progress chronologically through the evolution of English drama, which began as a way for English clergymen in the eleventh century to illustrate biblical stories to the mass of illiterate commoners. Learners will discover how the medieval morality play would eventually inspire playwrights of the Renaissance to write about the inner struggles and conscience of man.
4 mins 9th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Introduction to Greek Theatre and Antigone
Students compare and contrast a website layout and the layout of a Greek theatre. In this Greek theatre lesson, students research the Greek theatre and produce a bulleted list of five facts about the Greek theatre. Students complete a comparison of the Greek theatre websites.
11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 15 Views 43 Downloads
New Review The Lorax Reader’s Theater
Bring a reading of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to life with this reader's theater script. Simply assign roles and read through the script as a class, or spend time creating props and costumes for a school-wide performance, the choice is yours.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
All the Globe’s a Stage: Shakespeare’s Theatre
“All the world’s a stage,” exclaims Jaques in As You Like It, but it is the structure of the Globe stage and how that structure influenced Shakespeare’s plays that is the focus of an on-line research project. Class members visit a series of bookmarked sites and gather information to complete a Globe scavenger hunt.
9th - 12th Language Arts 23 Views 53 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Performance Ideas: Theatre
Students study satirical and political theatre to learn how performing arts can be used for social change. In this theatre study lesson, students read about satirical theatre and create art from issues they see in their own lives. Students complete several activities to study the political theatre.
K - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 67 Downloads
Forbidden Territory: Middle East Project - Traveling Jewish Theatre
Students complete activities to study the traveling Jewish theatre and the ideas of tolerance. In this theatre study lesson, students read information about the Traveling Jewish Theatre and learn about the project to unit artists from the US and the Middle East, Jews and Muslims, and Israelis and Palestinians.
10th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 30 Downloads
On With the Show: Fifty Years of the Public Theater
Students explore the Public Theater in New York City. In this theater lesson, students consider mission of the Public Theater and learn more about its productions. Students create their own event schedules for the Public Theater.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads
Readers Theatre Scripts
Engage and entertain young learners with this collection of readers theatre activities. With over 25 different scripts, a wide range of topics are covered from simple counting and rhyming exercises to adaptions of popular children's literature like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The BFG.
K - 6th Math 13 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Esperanza Rising - Reader's Theater
Fifth graders perform a skit using scenes from Esperanza Rising. In this reader's theater lesson, 5th graders create their own script from a scene in the book. Students discuss the differences in readers' theater and an actual play. Students perform their skit for the class.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 45 Downloads
Reader's Theater: Presenting Asian Folktales
Young scholars create and perform folktale plays. In this reader's theater and Asian literature lesson, students work in groups to rewrite Asian folktales into scripts and perform the folktales for their class in a Reader's Theater. Lesson includes links to many applicable folktales.
K - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 7 Downloads
Literary Terms: Take Me to the Theater!
Take your class to the theater! First graders will examine characters that actors play such a villians and heroes. Then participate in creating plays and performing in them. They will also research what it takes to create scenery, props and costumes and take a unit assessment.
1st Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 97 Downloads
Civil War Reader's Theater Lesson Plan
Learners participate in a reader's theater about the Civil War. In this performing arts lesson, students review the Civil War through a reader's theater. They practice reading their parts to work on expression and fluidity before performing for the class.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 70 Downloads
Civil War Play Lesson Plan
Students act out the Civil War through reader's theater. In this performing arts instructional activity, students research the Civil War and find costumes, props and scenery appropriate to the time period. They become characters from the Civil War time and identify and connect with these people.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 22 Views 140 Downloads
Being in the Noh: An Introduction to Japanese Noh Plays
Students analyze the conventions used in Noh plays and write an introduction to a Noh play of their own. In this Noh play lesson, students identify the conventions of the Noh form and analyze the realizations the main character achieves. Students complete a short quiz on the Noh theatre, choose a story from mythology, literature, folklore, or popular culture to write a short Noh play.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
The Show Must Go On!
In collaborative teams, young readers work to improve their fluency and build on stage confidence. Each group practices a reader's theater piece, focusing on fluency and reading with expression. They don costumes and perform their pieces for the class.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 30 Downloads
William Shakespeare: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Welcome to the Globe Theater! Use this PowerPoint presentation to introduce your class to William Shakespeare, his plays, and the theater his plays were performed in. Just basics are provided here, but it provides a nice overview or introduction for those not knowing much about this era.
7th - 9th Language Arts 8 Views 35 Downloads
Giving to Get the Beat
Explore script writing based on prose in a cross-curricular literacy instructional activity. After listening to the folktale The Drum, middle schoolers identify and describe specific story elements such as characters and events. They work in groups to write a script for the story, and each group performs its play.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 179 Downloads
Ayiti Lesson 1: Play the Game
Students participate in an economics role-playing video game demonstrating social responsibility In this economics lesson, students play "The Cost of Life" game which requires students to think critically to make decisions, identify problems and formulate solutions, and take part in social responsibility.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads