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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 examine famous woodblock prints of artists such as Hiroshige and Hokusai as primary documents to help them gain insight on Japanese history. They relate the woodblock images to the social hierarchy of the period.
High schoolers examine how ancient Greek drama by studying a play by Sophocles. They investigate the cultural and historical implications of Greek drama and share a presentation or performance with the class.
Take a closer look at the impact of war in this language arts and social studies lesson. Middle schoolers use primary sources to conduct research as they relate to the effects of war on children. They compare and contrast the effects of war in different times and places and participate in creative theater exercises that include the children they have studied.
Learners gain an appreciation for Greek drama. They explore the cultural and historical context of Greek drama. They reconstruct the experience of seeing a Greek drama performed.
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.
If you are teaching Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, you can't afford to miss this source. An extensive list of ideas outlines numerous discussion topics, writing prompts, comprehension questions, oral presentations, and projects. Have class members research some element of Greek tragedy and then give a panel presentation about this element, write about the similarities between Jesus and Prometheus, or just answer close reading questions on a provided handout. So many choices!
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.
High school readers analyze figures of speech in Shakespeare's  A Midsummer Night's Dream with support from a two-page worksheet. They respond to four multi-step questions regarding the use of metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and irony in the play.
Students analyze Antigone and its universal issues as well as explore ancient Greece. In this Antigone and Ancient Greece lesson, students read and complete activities for Sophocles' Antigone. Students reconstruct the experience of a Greek drama as a presentation, performance, or report.
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.
Examine the genre of historical fiction while reading A Light in the Storm. They extract events in chronological order to make a timeline. Then, they use information in the book important to the characters to create a presentation of an event in the book.
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. 
Learners investigate the dramatic elements of The CrucibleIn this drama lesson, students explore the elements and themes of the Arthur Miller play as they read the play and watch performances of some of the acts. Learners then write formal analyses of the play.
Students write an essay comparing Arthur Mille's The Crucible and one of Tennessee Williams' plays. In this Tennessee Williams lesson, students discuss the influence of Puritanism on modern American drama. Lesson includes a vocabulary sheet, an information sheet, and a biography of Tennessee Williams.
Students participate in a reader's theater using farm animals in the novella Animal Farm. In this Animal Farm lesson plan, students evaluate interpretations using the text, personal experience, and historical events.
Fourth graders develop their speaking skills. In this monologue lesson, 4th graders watch their instructors model a monologue regarding Abraham Lincoln. Students apply these skills as they research a historical figure from their state and present a monologue regarding the chosen figure.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars create their own event schedules for the Public Theater.

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