Tragedy Teacher Resources

Find Tragedy educational ideas and activities

Showing 41 - 60 of 1,098 resources
Introduce dramatic themes or content by introducing the basics of Greek theater. This presentation describes common terms, definitions, and plot devices as they relate to traditional Greek tragedy. It can easily relate to themes found in literature or drama. 
Third graders read "The Land and the Water," a fictional short story and an article about John F. Kennedy, Jr. and compare and contrast fictional tragedy to a non-fiction tragedy. They fill out a Venn diagram and write an essay using their diagrams for notes.
Quiz your class on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus! This resource includes twenty questions about Shakespeare's tragedy. The questions are mainly surface level and cover plot, character, and quote identification. While this quiz is not high in academic value, it could act as an effective check for understanding for which class members can receive instant online feedback.
Introduce your class to William Shakespeare and his tragedy of Othello. While this lesson plan does not provide details, it does give you an outline of how to introduce Shakespeare and one of his well-known plays. Topics to discuss include the Moors in Europe, Spanish history, and Othello and Shakespeare. Two links direct you to a project online but none of the materials mentioned (questions, historical information, movie clips) are included.
Comedy, tragedy, act, scene, prop. do you want to review important drama terms? Actors record the term next to its definition on a learning exercise that could be used individually or as a group activity. A link to a corresponding PowerPoint presentation is provided.
Words, words, words! Any reader of Shakespeare needs to know these words. Tragedy, tragic flaw, sonnet, quatrain, couplet, and meter are all defined in a short, text-heavy presentation. Alas, poor (teacher), few examples are given.
The Learning Network section of the New York Times produces high-quality teaching materials. This issue gets middle or high schoolers reading an article about how people use art to express their response to high-stress events. They work in groups to craft and practice skits illustrating a tragedy and explain how it could also be formatted as a short video. This lesson plan is a thoughtful inclusion for your performing arts class.
Middle schoolers become familiar with George Gist and his life as a Cherokee.  For this Cherokee lesson, students research the ways people have communicated in the past and presently.  Middle schoolers recognize that better communication could have helped the Cherokee avoid tragedy.  Students compare three languages to our language today.
Students participate in a simulation using M&M's that highlights Garrett Hardin's concept of the "tragedy of the commons." They use the activities to study sustainability issues in the fishing industry.
Students study the work of William Shakespeare. They survey the elements of comedy and tragedy and read plays and poems. They discuss the texts they read and recite poetry. They dramatize poems with movement and sounds and write poetry in verse forms.
Students, after exploring the history of tragedies and analyzing Aristotelian elements in Greek/Roman tragedies, create their own tragedy set in modern context. They formulate their creations from an Aristotle platform. In addition, they share their stories with the class.
Students investigate the 1950's pollution tragedy in Minamata, Japan. The elements of dose, response, individual susceptibility, potency, and threshold of toxicology are explored in this lesson.
Students investigate who or what was most responsible for the tragedy of the Halifax Explosion.
Students explore the frontier wars of the 1790s. After researching one battle, teams of students prepare a presentation for the class. Students compare and contrast the Columbian Tragedy with "broadsides" that were printed to announce events. Finally, students create a "broadside" to announce the researched battle.
Students observe pictures of the Titanic sailing and at the bottom of the ocean. They hypothesize the cause of the Titanic tragedy and engage in deeper questioning while one student writes responses on the board. They then work in groups to gather evidence to support or refute their hypotheses.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 2 short answer and essay questions based on themes in Antony and Cleopatra. Students may also complete their choice of 2 reading activities suggested.
High schoolers identify the various externalities for any type of production. Using that information, they examine situations in which they are positive and negative. They discuss government efforts to protect the environment and humans. In groups, they discuss different scenarios requiring them to compare the tragedy of the commons to property rights that are clearly defined.
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this Oklahoma City bombing lesson, students submit public responses to the event in order to consider how the tragedy prompted a positive reaction. Extension activities are included.
For this An American Tragedy study help worksheet, students answer 15 questions about the plot, setting, and characters in An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser.
Young scholars perform a close reading analysis of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Act 2, Scene 1.  Students examine the characters of Sebastian and Antonio and discuss themes, particularly those of the potential for tragedy within a comedy and levels of love.  Young scholars find examples of personification, pun, and rhyme.  Students complete the lesson with journal prompts and an inquiry about Elizabethan views of relationships.

Browse by Subject


Tragedy