Theater from Various Cultures Teacher Resources
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New! The Reality of Digital Drama
Why is drama queen a title but not drama king? Explore peer drama with your class, covering both reality television and real-life Internet interactions. Pupils discuss drama as a general term before watching two videos while taking notes. The videos spark a conversation about drama and gender roles. Wrap up by asking your class to reflect on the videos and discussion.
Sondheim: Voice of Cultural Change
Students explore Stephen Sondheim's contributions to musical theatre in the context of the dramatic cultural shift that occurred in American life in the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
American Jews and Popular Culture: Yiddish
Tenth graders examine the role of Yiddish in Jewish culture. They identify organizations that perserve the language and culture. They complete activities before and after visiting the museum.
Traditional Japanese Dance
Students study introductory history and cultural purposes of selected Japanese dance forms. They analyze the philosophical beliefs, social systems, and movement norms that influence the function and role of Japanese dance in the lives of its people.
Drama and African American Folktales: Addressing the Social Development Needs of My Students
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.
Learners take a closer look at Japanese drama. In this Japanese culture lesson, students study the attributes of Noh theater and compare it western theater. Learners conduct independent research on the art form prior to acting out a Noh play.
The African Grove Theater
Students study the African Grove Theater in New York. In this African American history lesson, students examine the evolution of race relations in the United States as they research the theater and its history.
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. Turn your room into a theater!
American Culture in a Musical Setting
Students discover the significance of similarities and contrasts of three separate cultures of the United States through music. They take out maps and trace the expedition of the Spanish along the coasts of Mexico and North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.
Big Brother vs. Little Brother: Updating Orwell's 1984
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.
Using News Broadcasts in Japan and the U.S as Cultural Lenses
Students view archives of news broadcasts in order to create a context of cultural understanding. They compare and contrast the news broadcasts in Japan and the United States.
The Memory Play in American Drama
Learners take a closer look at a memory play. In this American drama activity, students read Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie and analyze it as a memory play. Learners discuss the linear and non-linear aspects of the play prior to composing essays about the play and their performances of the play.
On With the Show: Fifty Years of the Public Theater
High schoolers explore the Public Theater in New York City. In this theater instructional activity, students consider mission of the Public Theater and learn more about its productions. High schoolers create their own event schedules for the Public Theater.
First graders imagine the house they live in. They think about the colors, materials, shape, size and location of their home. Students read and discuss the book "Houses." They perform this book as a Reader's Theater using a script.
A Kaleidoscope of Cultures
Students research particular elements of the ancient cultures of India, China, Egypt, Greece or Rome, centering their research around the question: "What characteristics of this civilization have had an enduring impact on later civilizations?"
A Kaleidoscope of Cultures
Eighth graders research the ancient cultures of India, China, Egypt, Greece, or Rome to identify their characteristics and civilizations. In this ancient cultures lesson, 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.
Introduction to Musical Theater
Students made oral presentations of a famous muscial theater performance. They research the musical, view selections, and listen to music.
Our Ethnic Ties-A Nebraska Calendar of Cultural Events
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.
Rod Puppet Performance: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata
The ancient texts Ramayana and Mahabharata have spread throughout East Asia. They have become the basis for drama, art, and literary works for ages. Learners will watch a rod puppet performance of an Indonesian version of the timeless tale. Then, they will select and act out other scenes from this delightful story. Tip: Have younger learners make a text-to-text connection and list the traits of heroes and villains found in Ramayana and modern day comics.
Monster and Myths: Scripts
Students explore characteristics of the myth genre. In this myth instructional activity, students become familiar with various myths and the cultures they were derived from. Students compare in a graphic organizer. Students write original myths and dramatize them. Students share their work.