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Crash Course Theater and Drama

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Forsooth! Here’s a collection that has everything you ever wanted to know about the theater and drama—everyone from Aristotle to Chikamatsu, from Moliere to Shakespeare to Williams. From Banraku to Zaju, every type from comedy to...
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Shakespeare Videos

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Actors share insights into some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, plays, and about Shakespeare himself. Each video in the Shakespeare English Exercises collection has interactive exercise as well as a transcript. Activities for...
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Fact Sheet: Actors

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Back in Shakespeare's time, the public considered actors unruly, unlike the prestige they enjoy today. An informative handout outlines more about the acting profession in London during the Elizabethan era. Pupils discover how actors...
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Black Actors in American Cinema

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the contributions of a few African American actors. After watching different films, they work together to recreate the film and the struggles faced by the actors. In groups, they compare and contrast the acting...
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Poetry Through the Eyes of An Actor

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the ways poetry has been used by actors. After reading a poem, they discuss the characters and the differences in how the male and female students view them. In groups, they read a few of Shakespeare's sonnets and write...
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Movie Actors Puzzle

For Students 6th - 12th
In this actors word search puzzle, students identify names of famous actors, past and present. A word bank of 60 names is listed to assist the students in their search.
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Actors and Characters

For Students 2nd - 5th
In this actors and characters worksheet, students write about the actors and characters in movies following a specific format for their sentences. Students write 2 sentences for 7 movies.
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Two Comprehension Crosswords: Greek Actors and Hans Christian Andersen

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this comprehension crossword activity, students complete 2 crossword puzzles. Students read an informative paragraph about Hans Christian Anderson and 8 clues. Students fit their answers in a crossword puzzle. Students do the same...
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Use Active and Passive Voice Deliberately to Put Emphasis on the Action or Actor

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
While the English language mostly uses the active voice, the passive voice has its place. The video, which you would most likely use as a supplementary material, briefly explains the two voices, provides four reasons to use the passive...
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! All Struggling Minstrels and Actors

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students create and perform Shakespearean sonnets.  In this Shakespearean sonnets instructional activity, students assume the identity of a minstrel to create and perform a sonnet for Queen Elizabeth.  Students work in pairs to create...
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Vibrant Animals: Using an Actor's Body for Character Attributes

For Teachers K
Students identify and portray specific character attributes through uprigth movement, creating a portrayal of an animal. They use vibrant, upright movement to convey the characteristics and temperament of specific animals. Finally,...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 11

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members take center stage as groups perform scenes from Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. Actors are encouraged to add stage directions to the script, as well as create costumes and props to...
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An Actor's View of Shakespeare

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars research characters from different plays. In this Shakespeare and performing arts lesson, students discuss the portrayal of characters from the perspective of real actors. Young scholars work in groups to examine the...
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Los Artistas Unidos

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners explore the diversity of characters in popular television shows and movies, then investigate the backgrounds and careers of famous Hispanic actors.
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This Is A Good Activity To Do Following A Unit On Short Stories

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
To review for a short story unit exam, class members engage in a talk show activity where individuals adopt the persona of characters from the unit's stories, sit for an interview, and answer questions posed by the class. Ask actors to...
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Julius Caesar Movie Pitch Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Groups craft a pitch, in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, for a film version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The proposal includes names and images of actors and actresses they would cast in the major roles, costumes...
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Fugitive Slave Law Simulation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Fugitive Slave Law is the focus of an activity that asks participants to examine primary source documents before assuming the role of historic figures, members of a mediation panel, or newspaper reporters. Clearly defined...
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Juliet 1: Falling in Love

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare's timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet has many lessons to teach youth today. As part of the Shakespeare English Exercises series, a video and set of activities help English learners connect with the popular play. Activities...
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Animal Actors

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students identify certain sea animals, pets, and body parts. They play Sim'n Dice (Simon Says) acting out each animal as the teacher asks. They sit in a circle on a rug and use mnemonic devices to help remember vocabulary words.
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Fact Sheet: Costumes and Cosmetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Theatre producers in Shakespeare's time didn't have the special effects that are common today, so they had to get creative. Using the handout, pupils explore the topic of costume design. Additionally, readers learn about the stage makeup...
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Theatre Vocabulary

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From actor to volume, the 90 terms on a theatre vocabulary list are must knows for any student of the dramatic arts.
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Fairy Tale Variations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Here are two great lessons that work together and are inspired by the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Young writers and actors will retell the story of "The Frog Prince" through games, improvisational script writing, and song....
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Theatrical Economics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story...
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John Adams - God Save The American States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A moving video which portrays a famous speech by John Adams to his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention, and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence will captivate viewers. The actors are dressed in period clothing and...