Theater and plays Teacher Resources
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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 19 Views 15 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 31 Views 61 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Building Relationships: The Orphan of Ellis Island
Family and friendship are two very important themes of the historical fiction novel The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff. From video clips and writing prompts to reader's theater and family interviews, this resource provides numerous activities that engage children in learning more about these important aspects of life.
K - 6th Language Arts 36 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Reader's Theater Script for Clever Jack Takes the Cake
Breathe life into a reading of the children's story Clever Jack Takes the Cake with this Reader's Theater script. Offering speaking roles for nine students plus a sound effects chorus, this is a great activity that engages the whole class in a fun retelling of this fairy tale.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 10 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 20 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 9 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
High schoolers examine the New York Times review of the film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and explore the elements of scriptwriting. They read the article about the film adaptation screenplay and examine a sample screenplay to determine the basic format and style.
10th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 31 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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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 5 Views 2 Downloads
Introduction to Greek Theatre and Antigone
Learners compare and contrast a website layout and the layout of a Greek theatre. In this Greek theatre instructional activity, students research the Greek theatre and produce a bulleted list of five facts about the Greek theatre. Learners complete a comparison of the Greek theatre websites.
11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 19 Views 44 Downloads
Making the Old New Again
How does a new version of a Shakespearean play change in the adaptation process? Use this New York Times' Learning Network activity to consider texts that have been produced in different media. Middle schoolers examine the latest version or interpretation of a Shakespearean play and develop proposals for modernizing a particular scene in the text.
6th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 69 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Online - On Stage - and Action
Participate in a culture sharing project with a class in a foreign country. Your class can communicate and share ideas with a class in another country. Swap information regarding language and culture. Together you can study a common topic, view a professional play, discuss performance ideas.
Pre-K - 5th 21st Century Skills 3 Views 54 Downloads
Poe Readers' Theater
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 22 Views 155 Downloads
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.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 14 Views 105 Downloads
Role Play Debate
Suggested topics for a role play debate include school uniforms and culpability for drunk driving, but any issue of interest to your class will work. What are the hot issues in your community or on the news right now? Class members brainstorm and assume the roles of various stakeholders.
3rd - 12th Social Studies & History 18 Views 195 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 14 Views 100 Downloads
Drama: The New Friends
Reader's Theater is a great way to build fluency, intonation, and dramatic flare. The class reads the theater piece, "The New Friends" paying attention to how they express emotion and feeling as they read. They discuss the use of plot, main idea, and purpose found in the piece.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 27 Downloads
Shakespeare Had Vampires?!
Contrary to the title, William Shakespeare did not include vampires in his plays, but this quiz covers the untimely deaths that many characters do meet. Match characters to their dying words in a multiple-choice format.
10th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 13 Downloads