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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.
Students 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.
Students examine historical events. In this lesson on the US Constitution, students engage in a theatrical exploration of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They also engage in an extensive discussion, complete worksheets and draft an essay using primary sources. This lesson includes extensions, adaptations and multiple web resources.
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!
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.
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 read the play "Inherit the Wind" about the Scopes "Monkey" Trial. In groups, they choose their favorite scene and create a diorama dipicting the scene as they see it. They watch a recording of the play and compare it to their version of the play.
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 examine different portrayals of African American women in poems and plays. Individually, they identify the character they want to play and reject the others. After acting out the scene, they hopefully realize that their present behavior might need to be changed to lead a successful life. They write in their journals throughout the role-playing sessions.
Learners compare Noh drama to western drama and trace the influence of Japanese theater on modern western drama.  In this Noh drama instructional activity, students read the play Black Tomb (Kurozuko) defining the elements and conventions of Noh drama and comparing Noh drama to western drama.  Learners then look at the influence of Japanese theater on modern western drama, specifically Yeats and Wilder.
Students explore the Constitution and Reader's Theater. In this U.S. government and reading fluency instructional activity, students view a number of websites and read several fiction and nonfiction books about the United States Constitution, then review and define related vocabulary. Students form groups and practice reading aloud the script for "The Bill of Rights Reader's Theater." Students construct props for their performance. An extensive resource list of books and websites is included.
Students describe and compare characters and situations in dramas from and about cultures and historical periods, illustrate in improvised or scripted scenes, and discuss how theater reflects a culture.
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 lesson, 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 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. Students then write formal analyses of the play.
Students describe to a partner theater experiences they have had in their lives that were memorable, and analyze why. They study about one director's original artistic choices for staging Shakespeare by reading and discussing "Nature's a Stage, and Often a Player." They will then plan a production of a play studied in class by acting as directors and envisioning, in small groups, a new way of staging, casting, costuming, and using music to bring it alive.

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