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Theater from Various Cultures Teacher Resources
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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!
Fifth graders develop cultural awareness of their heritage, therefore building their self-esteem. They discover the link between learning and social skills and recognize that learning is an integral part of their lives. The recognize African folktales as a literary genre.
Need a musical lesson for your drama or performing arts class? VH1 has put together a really neat lesson, in which learners use biographical information about Alicia Keys to write and perform a one-act musical related to her life. This lesson is well-developed, organized, and includes resource links.
Government surveillance is an enduring conflict that has become increasingly complex with our nation's use of technology. Add to the understanding of Orwell’s 1984 by using the resources here that display the contemporary actions of Big Brother. Included are high-quality articles and studies of 1984, and how the conflicts of the novel are reflected today. There are ideas on how to use technology and drama to make the novel come to life for different learners. Some educators might find that there is too much to do here, but the design is easy to pare down without sacrificing content knowledge.
What a great instructional activity, upper graders are sure to love. They explore costume design and the relationships between theatre, culture, and history. They research three time periods, write a response about two of them, then create a composit period costume. The costume will be constructed either as a photograph, drawing, graphic design, or dimensional object, and then assessed by the group.
Students take a closer look at a memory play. In this American drama instructional activity, students read Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie and analyze it as a memory play. Students discuss the linear and non-linear aspects of the play prior to composing essays about the play and their performances of the play.
Eighth graders research the ancient cultures of India, China, Egypt, Greece, or Rome to identify their characteristics and civilizations. In this ancient cultures instructional activity, 8th graders work in groups to research one of the ancient civilizations and write an informative essay for their topic. Students turn their essays into speeches and multimedia presentations.
Tenth graders investigate the historical and cultural ties that influence the ethnic character of communities and the local economics throughout the state of Nebraska. They collect data on cities and towns that hold ethnic festivals and examine the historical roots of the festivals and the impact on the local economy and present their findings to the class.