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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.
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.
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.
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.
Students take a closer look at Japanese drama. In this Japanese culture lesson, students study the attributes of Noh theater and compare it western theater. Students conduct independent research on the art form prior to acting out a Noh play.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Students take a closer look at a memory play. In this American drama lesson, 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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
Students made oral presentations of a famous muscial theater performance. They research the musical, view selections, and listen to music.
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.
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.
Students compare Noh drama to western drama and trace the influence of Japanese theater on modern western drama.  In this Noh drama lesson, students read the play Black Tomb (Kurozuko) defining the elements and conventions of Noh drama and comparing Noh drama to western drama.  Students then look at the influence of Japanese theater on modern western drama, specifically Yeats and Wilder.
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.  
Students identify and research cultural, historical, and symbolic clues in dramatic texts. They demonstrate knowledge of research sources.

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