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“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. Using what they have discovered, they discuss the limitations and opportunities the structure of the Globe Theater afforded Shakespeare.
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. The lesson focuses heavily on team building as well as reading skills.
Students read the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. In groups, they identify the instances of similes, metaphors and personification. They use the Internet to compare and contrast the events in the play with historical facts. To end the lesson, they hold a mock trial to examine Brutus' innocence or guilt.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars complete several activities to learn how theatre can help students explore important social issues.
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!
Readers' theater is a fun way to get kids reading with expression and improve their fluency! There is a full script here for The Three Bears with five characters to assign. Consider splitting kids into small groups so everyone can practice at the same time. Highlight the lines for each character before handing out the scripts. Once kids get the hang of it, mix it up by providing props or even switching roles! This would even make a great introduction to a school play.
Students act out the Civil War through reader's theater. In this performing arts lesson, 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.
Anytime you make concepts clear with role playing or hands-on experience, it's a win for the whole class. Ping-Pong balls are used to represent carbon in a carbon cycle role-play activity. In small groups, children first discuss what carbon is and how it moves through each of Earth's spheres. They show how carbon moves by drawing a card and acting out the movement of the carbon as described on the card. This is a great visual way to represent the carbon cycle!
Class members examine a series of primary and secondary source materials to try and ascertain the role films played in forming “a new generation of youth after World War I.” Individuals are assigned one of three documents to examine, form expert groups to share their findings, and then participate in jigsaw discussions. The documents, part of the packet, include a plot summary for The Jazz Singer, an excerpt from Herbert Blumer’s, Movies and Conduct, and a commentary about the film Are Parents People? Individuals craft a reflective essay to conclude the exercise. The 2001 Frontline program Merchants of Cool and the accompanying materials provided by PBS would provide a great extension to the exercises in this resource.
Students study satirical and political theatre to learn how performing arts can be used for social change. In this theatre study lesson plan, 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.
Build reading fluency and classroom community with a Reader’s Theater activity. Class groups select a myth, or if part of a myth writing unit, select a group member’s myth, craft a script, and perform for the class. Directions for scripting a myth and a model myth are included in the plan.