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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 2: Case Studies: “What Fools These Mortals Be”

For Teachers 8th Standards
In Module 2B, Unit 2 collection, eighth-graders finish reading  A Midsummer Night's Dream. They collect evidence of characters trying to control one another and examine how Shakespeare drew on the myth of "Pyramus and Thisbe" in his...
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Shakespearean Comedy on Film

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close...
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Comedies, Romances, and Shakespeare's Heroines: Crash Course Theater #16

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
As a writer, Shakespeare took the genre of comedy to a new level. An informational video outlines the characteristics of Shakespeare's comedies and romances and explains how the plays differed from others during the period. Additionally,...
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Greek Comedy, Satyrs, and Aristophanes: Crash Course Theater #4

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What better way to tell a story than with actors dressed like horses? Information about satyr plays and other aspects of Greek comedy makes up the fourth video in the Crash Course Theater series. The discussion includes references to...
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Comedy Across the Curriculum

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The New York Times Learning Network provides the resources that permit pupils to examine and then write and perform a fake news broadcast in the vein of “The Daily Show” or “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update. The generated reports...
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Greek To Us - Comedy, Tragedy, and Satire

For Students 9th - 12th
The history of Greek drama is the focus of this multiple-choice quiz. Ten questions ask about historical figures and the roots of tragedy and comedy in Greek religious festivals. While studying Greek drama, use this quiz to test your...
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The Comedy of Errors: Study Guide

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
William Shakespeare could outwit even the best of today's comedians with his sarcasm, satire, and insults. The Comedy of Errors is no exception. Using a helpful study guide, scholars identify and analyze imagery, draw a picture or write...
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ALADDIN: Broadway's New Musical Comedy

For Parents 5th - 9th Standards
Aladdin, Disney's Broadway musical comedy, is a magic carpet ride. Prepare your class for a field trip to the show with a study guide that is a treasure trove of activities, cultural connections, and background information.
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Comedy of Errors

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
To err is human ... and also leads to some hilarious situations. A script introduces readers to Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, a play full of slapstick humor and other funny elements. Although lacking in activities, the text works well...
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Genres: Screwball Comedy and Film Noir with Reference to "Double Indemnity"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers compare and contrast the narrative form of film with the artistic style. They also compare the screwball comedy genres with the film noir genre. They examine the historical roots of film.
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Why Is Aristophanes Called "The Father of Comedy"?

For Students Higher Ed
Set your class racing to find copies of Aristophanes’s plays with an engaging introduction. A well-designed video helps college-level viewers who are gaining an understanding of ancient Greek history learn that the social commentary in...
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Literature and Humor

For Teachers Higher Ed
From Canterbury Tales to The Odd Couple, this presentation details the different treatments of humor in different literary formats. Numerous authors and works of literature are represented here as examples of satire, irony, comedy, and...
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Comedy vs. Action Movies Frequency Interpretation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
No drama here! Learners conduct a survey to gauge student interest in comedy versus action movies. They use the survey results to create and interpret a two-way frequency table. Using the data, they determine the best type of movie to...
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Literature Study Guide: Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night

For Students 9th - 11th
These teaching tools support a learner-centered literature study at home or in the classroom. Aimed at Shakespeare's comedy The Twelfth Night, but suitable for any text, the materials are widely applicable: graphic organizers, response...
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Love's Labour's Lost: Study Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost does not get as much attention as some of his other comedies, but it still has a lot to offer. A study guide based on the play introduces theater goers to aspects of the the art, and then provides a...
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Television: Comedy Vs. Drama

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students investigate the world of Television by contrasting specific programs.  For this visual storytelling lesson, students compare and contrast the differences between comedy and drama by making a Venn Diagram.  Students utilize the...
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Clowns and Mimes

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Unless your class is afraid of clowns, this presentation is sure to interest them. It discusses the history behind clowns, the different types of clowns, and the ways that clowns contribute to the genre of comedy. Use this slide show in...
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Drama Terms Notes

For Students Pre-K - 12th
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...
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What's the Definition of Comedy? Banana.

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Comedy eludes definition; however, there have been many attempts to assign a definition. The narrator explains concepts introduced by Henri Bergson and Aristotle as he approaches the topic. These ideas are animated with cartoons and are...
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Comedy of Errors Quiz

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Cry Until You Laugh

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students write about the relationship between comedy and personal pain in their journals. After reading an article, they examine the Humber College school of comedy. They brainstorm difficult events in their own lives and create...
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The Comedy of Errors Study Questions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive literature activity, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Students may check some of their answers online.
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The Comedy of Errors Review Questions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Literary Analysis: Taming of the Shrew Identification of “Farce”

For Students 9th - 11th
The Taming of the Shrew is a play filled with humor, coarse wit, horse play, and farce. Here is a instructional activity that provides a number of such literary elements. Learners provide specific examples from the play. They write down...
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Twelfth Night

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Whether you choose to include Twelfth Night in your course or whether Shakespeare's comedy has been thrust upon you, be not afraid to incorporate an interactive resource into your study of Shakespeare's tale of loss, love, and identity....
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England's Sentimental Theater: Crash Course Theater #26

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did people in the nineteenth century encourage better decision making? Using playwrights to discuss morality, of course! A video on British theater in the 1800s describes sentimental comedy and the common characteristics found within...
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Arms and the Man: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Few aspects of life make better fodder for a comedic play than politics. A study guide introduces George Bernard's Shaw comedy Arms and the Man. Along with summaries of each scene and brief biographies of the main characters, two lesson...
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Imaginary Invalid: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do you get when you cross a man with hypochondria, a young doctor, and a nun? A hilarious play by Moliere. A study guide for Imaginary Invalid introduces theater-goers to the French comedy by providing an overview of the characters...
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Drama

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Before introducing your class to a play, discuss what a drama is, its structure, and some key elements. There are two main types of plays, tragedies and comedies. While the presentation focuses on identifying each type, consider offering...
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Lesson: More than Brushing my Teeth

For Teachers K - 5th
Humor can often be found in everyday life. Young analysts critically examine a sculpture and apply what they discuss to their own life experiences. They perform skits of daily activities, such as brushing their teeth. Next, they make a...
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Why Should You Read "Waiting for Godot"?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Sometimes life feels like a tragic comedy. A video about the play Waiting for Godot describes the play as a tragic comedy. Viewers see a summary of the famous drama and its history before answering multiple-choice and open-ended...
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Satire, Parody, and Humor in Catch-22

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Laughter is the heart of dark comedy. It makes the unbearable bearable. Joseph Heller crafted his dark comedy Catch-22 to enable readers to laugh at the painful realities and underscore the absurdities of a war where people you don't...
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As You like It

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Not all classic texts feature male protagonists. A script of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's comedies, tells the story of a female heroine, Rosalind. Full of femininity and fun, young thespians only need 60 minutes to perform the...
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A Question of Style: Exploring the Nature of Shakespeare's Comedy

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Pupils present scenes from As You Like It and critique presentations of their peers.  In this As You Like It lesson plan, students stage the opening scene, experimenting with different approaches to find the tone and style they think...
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The Study of Jon Stewart’s Comedy on America

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What do your pupils think of the state of news casting in the United States? Find out with the materials and plan provided here. The resource includes a journal prompt, several reading selections, an essay prompt, a model essay, a...
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Dances to Flute Music and Obscene Verse. It's Roman Theater, Everybody: Crash Course Theater #5

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Believe it or not, ancient Romans had a sense of humor—although it may have been a bit absurd. The fifth video in the Crash Course Theater series discusses the evolution of Roman drama, incorporating images and animations to help bring...
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Merry Wives of Windsor

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The British royals may not appreciate the antics that go on in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespeare's bawdy comedy appears in a condensed script format. The text comes from a performance by Orlando Shakes, a theater company which...
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Movies and Entertainment

For Students 6th - 8th
Test your students' knowledge of literary and cinematic genres with this matching worksheet. Twenty-one terms, such as "thriller," "western," "novel," and "horror," can be matched with their definition. Use this activity as an...
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Humor in the Movies

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Lighten the mood in your film class (or film as lit class) with this amusing presentation. From pictures of Sacha Baron Cohen as his infamous character Borat to a play-by-play of jokes and exaggerated plot lines in many popular movies,...
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Adding Humor to Your Lessons is No Laughing Matter

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Try these seven ways to inject laughs into your curriculum, while staying on track academically.
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Talk about laugh: Situation comedies

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Learners get the opportunity to study language, narrative structure, characterization and comedy. Situation comedies are an intensely verbal form of television, and often have a circular story structure, based around stable and...
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Chespirito, "Los Asaltantes Del Banco"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars brainstorm and make list of successful and funny classic TV comedy shows, discuss, in Spanish, specifics of shows on list, review biography of Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, and view episode of Chespirito, jotting...
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"Very tragical mirth:" Romeo and Pyramus, Juliet and Thisbe

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze and compare the poetic tools Shakespeare uses in the death scenes of Romeo and Juliet to those of Pyramus and Thisbe in Midsummer Night's Dream.
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How to Make Your Writing Funnier

For Students 6th - 8th
Did you ever notice the art of comedy is indeed an art? Check out this video that contains quick and catchy tips and tricks for crafting comedy that will tickle your funny bone.
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Everyone's a Critic: Analyzing Sitcoms as Cultural Texts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Start by defining the word sitcom with the goal of launching a discussion. What exactly is a sitcom? How is a sitcom different from sketch comedy, drama, and reality television? Class members give examples, remember storylines they've...
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So Much Can Happen in a Night!

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore Shakespearean comedy. They read and discuss A Midsummer Night's Dream and create a soundtrack, complete with CD cover, for the play.
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The Merchant of Venice: Anticipation Guide

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Is justice blind? Is love blind? Before beginning The Merchant of Venice, readers decide whether they agree or disagree with statements that encapsulate key elements of the tragic comedy. The class then predicts whether Shakespeare will...
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Greek Theatre

For Students 9th - 12th
In this literature activity, high schoolers identify and locate vocabulary terms and names related to the Greek Theatre. There are 24 words/names located in the puzzle.
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Lesson 13- Lucille Ball: What's So Funny

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students study who were important in Hollywood cinema in the 1940's, 1950's and today. They participate in a comedy improv exercise.
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Satire

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The bite of comedy often rests on use of the literary devices detailed in this presentation. The definitions for terms like sarcasm, zeugma, and invective are followed by examples drawn from literature. Consider extending the lesson by...
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Twelfth Night: The K-W-H-L Strategy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Readers of Twelfth Night use a KWHL chart to record information about what they know about Shakespeare's play, what they want to find out, how they plan on finding this information, and what they have learned or still want to learn about...
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In on a Secret? That's Dramatic Irony

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Struggling to get your learners to understand irony? Try out this video, which clarifies each type of irony before going into more depth on dramatic irony. The narrator relates this type of irony to both horror and comedy films and...
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An Introduction to Abraham H. Maslow’s A Theory Of Human Motivation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Abraham Maslow's A Theory of Human Motivation describes the hierarchy of human needs that individuals must meet before they can become self-actualized. A short video analyzes the process with the example of a woman who begins a comedy...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Lovers, madmen, and readers of A Midsummer Night's Dream will need seething brains to complete a crossword puzzle designed for Shakespeare's engaging comedy.
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Screenplays

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The biggest blockbuster of the year, the funniest romantic comedy, and the most emotional independent film all started in the same way: on the page. Young filmmakers learn about the role of the screenplay, as well as important parts of...
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Much Ado About Nothing: Staging It

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover a classic comedy about two characters tricked into confessing their love for one another. Using an engaging resource, scholars select their favorite clips to create an original version of Act I, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Much Ado...
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About Musical Theatre

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
A reading comprehension activity traces the history of musical theatre. It starts with ancient Greece choruses and continues through the ballad and comic operas of the Renaissance, the operettas of Britain, France, and Germany, the...
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Why Should You Read “The Master and Margarita”?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The best Russian novel of the 20th century? The narrator of an interesting short video offers reasons why readers should tackle Mikhail Bulgakov's satirical comedy, The Master and Margarita.
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The Winter’s Tale: Concept Analysis

For Students 11th - 12th
A comedy? A romance? A little of both? Shakespeare's The Winter Tale is the focus of an overview appropriate for those who are considering using the play for the first time. 
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Viewing "It Happened One Night" To Identify Elements of the Screwball Comedy Genre

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students watch the film It Happened One Night. They discover the cultural and historical roots of the film industry. They view many different films from different time periods as well.
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Teach Your Kids to Write Halloween Jokes

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars explore Halloween by practicing their creative writing. In this comedy writing instructional activity, students read several jokes pertaining to Halloween traditions and share them with their classmates. Young scholars...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

For Teachers 12th
You might not be able to put a girdle around the earth in forty minutes but you can generate interest in A Midsummer’s Night Dream in that length of time. As an introduction to Shakespeare’s comedy, pairs of students assume the roles of...
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Pyramus and Thisbe

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Focus on the play embedded in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe. All questions in this quiz are concerned with the play-within-a-play and the amateur actors within it.
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Twelfth Night Magic Square

For Students 11th - 12th
Reading Twelfth Night? Words drawn from Shakespeare's comedy provide the words for a Magic Square vocabulary exercise. Directions for how to craft Magic Squares are included.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Acts 1-2

For Students 9th - 12th
Blank verse, stichomythia, soliloquy, allusion, oxymoron, malaprop? Readers of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will need to know these terms to successfully complete a study guide designed for the first two acts of Shakespeare’s comedy. The...
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Lost in Translation

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
The narrator of a film criticism episode on Sofia Coppola's bittersweet Lost In Translation asks viewers to consider the many aspects of relationships that Coppola suggests are lost in translation.
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Reading Plays

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the role of tone in a comedy play. They also discover how to paraphrase a passage and explain a character's point of view.
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Western Civilizations, Chapter 9: The High Middle Ages: Religious and Intellectual Developments

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to western civilizations, explore this online resource! Although designed for use with the Western Civilizations text, this site can be implemented in any course. A chapter quiz challenges...
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Comic Strips

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders write and illustrate their own comic strip. Students can still look at the various comics brought in by the teacher. Remind students that this is a fun activity and that they should have fun with this activity. When...
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World Literature: The Inferno Essay

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
In this literature analysis worksheet, studnets read Dante's Inferno and write an introduction with a thesis statement. Students give a synopsis of the comedy and then write an essay. Students select from the five options to complete the...
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Satire in Nonfiction

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders write non-fiction satires.  In this literary text lesson plan, 12th graders define satire and examine its use in television and news media.  Students analyze the messages found in political cartoons, distinguishing...
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Humor, Philosophy, and Religion

For Teachers Higher Ed
Philosophy and religion are the topics of this presentation, though humor is what ties them together. Providing many examples of humor in different religions (Evangelism, Buddhism, Mormonism) and from different philosophers (Plato,...
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Diversity in Media: Looking Critically at What We See

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
This learning experience fosters awareness of representations we see, and don't see, in the media. Learners list TV programs, games, and films they enjoy, identify characters' ethnic, religious, (dis)ability, and sexual orientation...
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On With the Show!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars think about comedy skits, based on family or domestic situations, and stage one of their own.
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Lesson 11- Vaudeville: On With the Show

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners create comedy skits based on family or domestic situation. They observe their own families, write a script for a vaudeville type skit, and perform the skit.
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English Theater After Shakespeare: Crash Course Theater #17

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare may have been one of the greatest playwrights of all time, but many masterful dramatists came after him. An interesting video describes English theater after the Bard, particularly focusing on the works of Ben Jonson and...
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Scavenger Hunt

For Students 9th - 12th
Young theatre artists engage in a scavenger hunt to acquaint themselves with set design. The challenge is to search the site and match a separate maquette with each of the 24 clues.
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As You Like It: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What do you get when you combine unrequited love with disguised characters in an enchanted forest? Shakespeare's hilarious As You Like It! Pupils consider multiple perspectives through creative writing. Learners also write love letters...
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Merry Wives of Windsor: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does the character Falstaff mean when he says "I was beaten myself into all the colors of the rainbow"? Using the Merry Wives of Windsor curriculum guide, scholars unlock meaning by paraphrasing lines from the play. Pupils also...
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The Taming of the Shrew: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew combines three things that are sure to capture scholars' attention: love, deception, and clown attire. With the curriculum guide, learners hone their opinion-writing skills and practice...
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Twelfth Night: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
From lonely to luggage, it would be nearly impossible to have a modern-day conversation without using words that William Shakespeare coined. A Twelfth Night study guide introduces individuals to fun Shakespeare facts as they participate...
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The Importance of Being Earnest: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Historically, members of the upper class provide plenty of fodder for comedic writers. Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is no exception, and a study guide for the classic play discusses some of the Victorian social issues he...
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Monty Python's SPAMALOT: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Knights of the Round Table may be serious when it comes to battle, but in their downtime, they like to have a little fun. A study guide for Monty Python's SPAMALOT shares a more humorous element of the Middle Ages. Theater-goers...
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The Taming of the Shrew

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Looking for a good wife? Head to Padua. A script of Shakespeare's classic play Taming of the Shrew introduces readers to Petruchio, who is looking for a spouse, and Katherine, who is determined not to be wooed. The traditional text...
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Much Ado about Nothing

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Despite the title, Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing actually has a lot of important information to convey. A script from the classic play introduces the characters and action of the drama, complete with all the awkward spellings of...
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From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Claudia Kincaid decides to run away to bring some excitement to her life, but she never expects the adventure she finds. A helpful study guide takes readers through the novel From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler....
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Holes: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Nothing good comes from being under a curse. A study guide introduces the novel Holes by Louis Sachar and the curse the main character faces. Readers analyze key vocabulary words from book, as well as complete a series of short writing...
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Analyzing the Resolution of the Play: World Café Discussion

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's time to get active! Scholars participate in a World Cafe protocol to promote discussion and leadership. They get out of their seats and move from group to group to discuss key questions related to their read-aloud of Shakespeare's A...
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Lesson Plan - Acting Out with Shakespeare: Lesson 6

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore Shakespearean drama as they act out selected scenes. In this drama lesson, 7th graders read Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, summarize the readings, and then act our selected scenes.
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Much Ado About Nothing

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students explore the genre of romantic comedy through their reading of Much Ado About Nothing. In this literary genres lesson, students study the genre of romantic comedy through their reading of Much Ado About Nothing. Students consider...
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Working with Shakespeare, the Poet and Dramatist

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Why Should You Read "A Midsummer Night's Dream?"

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Set the stage for a study of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with an engaging animated video that is sure to stoke the interest of readers as it gets to the bottom of the key themes of the comedy. The narrator's arguments...
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Much Ado About Nothing

For Students 3rd - 7th
An interactive introduces English learners to William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing.  Pupils watch a short animated version of the play, match character names with images from the video, and put sentence strips in order.
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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!): Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do Ebenezer Scrooge, the Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman have in common? They're all characters from beloved holiday movies that viewers revisit in the play Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Scholars conduct research...
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A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the structure and artistry of Dante's, Divine Comedy. They examine how romantic love is interpreted in the episode of Paolo and Francesca while experiencing literary allusions.
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A Series of Tragical Mirth

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read and perform various scenes from the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. They perform each scene as both a tragedy and a comedy, then discuss the difference in the way the scenes were presented.
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Twelfth Night Act 1 Sc 2 Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore Act 1, Scene 2 of "Twelfth Night." In this Shakespeare lesson, students discuss the provided reading analysis questions, note the mix of tragedy and comedy within the scene, and respond to journal prompts.
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Shakespeare's Tragedies and an Acting Lesson: Crash Course Theater #15

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who doesn't love a play where most of the characters die? Such deaths are a defining characteristic of many of Shakespeare's tragedies, the topic of an informational video on the Bard and his works. Along with outlining the plot elements...
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Why Should You Read "Hamlet"?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Romeo may appeal to more romantic students, but the broodier teenagers in your class are bound to relate to the melancholic, inward-facing Hamlet. Show an enthralling video that summarizes plot elements, characterization, and the...
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What's So Funny?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
In this literature worksheet, young scholars focus on what the author does to make a story funny. Students identify and chart details of the characters and events in the story that make the story funny.
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What is April Fool's Day?

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore humor by creating their own practical joke. In this April Fool's Day lesson plan, students read different situations in which practical jokes were taken too far. Students discuss their reactions to the jokes and identify...
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Twelfth Night Act 2 Scene 1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Do You Have a GSOH?

For Students 7th - 9th
In this humor worksheet, students, with a partner, read and discuss thirteen questions associated with having a good sense of humor and making fun of others.
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Commedia Dell Arte

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students display their knowledge of Commedia Dell Arte by turning in their written outlines, performing their scenes and assessing the scenes of their fellow classmates. They demonstrate their knowledge of the different elements and...
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All in the Family

For Teachers K - 8th
Students examine the work of Gypsy Snider and her contemporary circus ensemble, "Les Sept Doigts de le Main."  In this artistic expression lesson, students explore physical movement, physical comedy, and circus arts as a form of artistic...
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Defining Genre

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers define many terms related to film and genres. They examine examples of screwball comedy and apply the vocabulary terms to that genre. They discover how to "read" or analyze films they watch.
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Weekly Literacy Plans- Shakespeare

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders review ideas from the era of Shakespeare such as magic and witchcraft, and review comedies, histories, and witchcraft as an introduction to a week long study of poetry. They read poetry while studying the unfamiliar...
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Home: The Ties That Bind

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students read two novels, The Human Comedy and A Separate Peace and an autobiographical memoir, Farewell to Manzanar. They focus on the difficulties faced by the teenage protagonists in order to set up a connection between adolescence...
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Being a Comedian Isn’t All Laughs

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
What's it like to be a comedian? Find out with a short cloze passage about the life of a comedian. Kids use eight words at the bottom of the page to fill in the blanks throughout the passage.
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Masks and Aesop's Fables

For Teachers K - 4th
Students study and perform Aesop's fables. In this Aesop's fables lesson, students read and/or listen to a number of the famous fables. They make masks based on the characters and perform a fable using the masks. They write about the...
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Alice in Wonderland: Nonsense and Logic in Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is known for its fantastical imagery and nonsense verse. This unit plan offers a basic exploration into nonsense verse through poetry and teacher read-alouds. It incorporates activities involving poetry...
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What Do You Really Mean?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Student and parent watch a television show together (situation comedy or drama) while looking for various ways the characters communicate with each other and discuss which way of communicating is the most effective.
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Women’s Roles in As You Like It

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“There is nothing that becommeth a maid better than soberness, silence, shamefastness, and chastity, both of body & mind.” This line, from Thomas Bentley ‘s The Monument of Matrons published in 1582, typifies the way women were...
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Rowan Atkinson: Famous People, ELL Assignment

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a one-page reading on the comedic actor Rowan Atkinson and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary...
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Every Day Edit - I Love Lucy

For Students 3rd - 8th
For this everyday editing worksheet, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about the television show I Love Lucy. The errors range from punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling.
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First Lines from Shakespeare

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
You may know famous quotations from Shakespeare's plays, but do you know how the plays start?All twenty-five questions in this helpful resource consist of the opening lines of a Shakespeare play for which you choose the title. Test your...
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Analogies 1 (Level 6)

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Get your middle schoolers up to scratch with analogies using this worksheet. Pupils complete 10 analogies by determining the associations between the words and using the provided bridge sentences.
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How to Write a Movie Review from a Pet's Perspective

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
When would two paws up denote a blockbuster film in your classroom? Only when young writers create movie reviews from a pet's perspective in this imaginative expository writing practice. This engaging topic begins with a class discussion...
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I'm a Changed Pig

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Introduce your class to fairy tales with this lesson. After reading the fractured fairy tale, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," third, fourth, and fifth graders write a personal narrative as a response to the fairy tale....
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Theater: Create a Script

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Figurative language is the focus in the book Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia. After reading Peggy Parish's book, class members dramatize idioms from the text, using dramatic strategies such as characterization, exaggeration, and improvisation....
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Things That Make Britain Great

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Take a trip to Great Britain with this fun reading lesson! Young learners read an article about many famous attributes of Britain - 101 of them, to be exact - and finish several comprehension and grammar activities about what they have...
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Shakespearean Idioms

For Students 7th - 11th
How do you react if you're "hot-blooded?" What happens when you engage in a "wild  goose chase?" And what are "salad days?" Use this worksheet and the online Visual Thesaurus to answer these questions and more. Based on Shakespearean...
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Taming of the Shrew Quiz, Act 5

For Students 9th - 12th
Five questions help you assess readers' understanding of Act 5 of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Several of the questions go beyond basic understanding and require higher level thinking and analysis.
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Great Depression: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Add this presentation to your unit on the Great Depression as a strong informational supplement. With clear learning objectives, details on the 1929 stock market crash, and the effects of the Great Depression (though it's spelled...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Why are Cartoonists Vital to Democracy

For Students 11th - 12th
A thought-provoking activity doesn't prompt learners to analyze a political cartoon, but rather the importance of political cartoonists in general. They work together and discuss the role cartoonists play in the democratic system. Use...
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“Just a Minute” Focus: Adapting Speech

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
A little bit complicated, but a whole lot of fun. Show your class an episode of the British television game show Just a Minute. After an explanation of the rules (no repetition, hesitation, or deviation) groups develop topics, based on...
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Pendulum Catch

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What a fun demonstration! Show the video, or better yet, have your physics learners construct this hex nut pendulum and test it themselves. Then have them discuss in groups why the single hex nut wraps around the finger. See if they can...
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Core Analysis Frame: Drama

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Pick apart any play with this collection of questions. The 24 questions are grouped into categories by topic (genre, setting, characters, plot, etc.) and are clearly listed on two pages.
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Verb + Gerund Verb + Preposition + Gerund

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Does that sound right to you? Writing sentences can be tricky if you do not know what tense of the verb to use. Using gerunds help the sentence flow and make it easier to read, and really who doesn't love adding -ing to words?   
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Civil War Reader's Theater

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Encourage class members to add expression and put themselves back in time during the Civil War with a reader's theater activity. The scripts include dialogue on what it was like for the Union and Confederate sides during this time.
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Evaluating Films and TV Shows

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Moviegoers love discussing the latest film, but when writing a movie review, those opinions need to be based on specific criteria. High schoolers examine the narrative structure, plot elements, and production techniques of their chosen...
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Island of the Blue Dolphins: Lesson Activities

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Use a 12-activity packet to complete as the class reads Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott Odell. The skills practice sheets have everything from grammar practice identifying parts of speech to using chapters to answer reading...
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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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Broadway and The American Dream

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Considering a unit study of American Musical Theatre? What better way to start than at the very beginning. Eight pairs of cards provide class members with background information about the genre from 1893 through 2004. The cards are...
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The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of "A Christmas Carol": Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What could be better than a play within a play? A study guide for "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of 'A Christmas Carol'" has theater-goers share their thoughts on the comedic...
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Fact Sheet: Writing Plays

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who were some of the popular playwrights of Elizabethan England? Using the provided fact sheets, scholars research playwrights, explore three different types of plays, and learn about censorship in Elizabethan England. 
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Pee Jokes, the Italian Renaissance, Commedia Dell'Arte: Crash Course Theater #12

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Welcome to the Renaissance, known as one of the most vibrant periods in the world of theater. An informational video provides a thorough overview of the period, noting key changes that took place on the stage. After a lengthy discussion...
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Elements of an Epic

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Mythic heroes, gods and goddesses, and epic tales come alive as young artists craft their own graphic novel or mind map for classic epics, including The Odyssey, Beowulf, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, identifying the six elements of every...
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Is It Tony Worthy?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The classroom comes alive with the sound of the songs from musicals as young thespians investigate the elements that make a show worthy of a Tony Award. Groups select a show, evaluate it in terms of the criteria used by the awards...
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Literacy Lesson: Guided Reading

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Here is a wonderful instructional activity designed for students with special needs. This well-thought-out instructional activity uses Big Books, familiar stories, and has a lot of review learning built into it. The book, The Keeping...
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Personal Narrative Paragraphs: Class Quilt

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Begin this activity by asking third graders to bring from home pieces of cloth that represent something important to them. (Have extras for students who need them.) They reflect on important events in their lives, compose narrative...
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How to Write an Essay: Secondary ed.

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Whether introducing the structure of expository essays or reviewing the format with your high schoolers, take the time to check out this resource. Examples of seven common forms of introductory paragraphs and six types of conclusions, as...
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Art Reflecting Life

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Have your young television viewers discuss popular shows among their peers. After choosing one show to analyze, middle and high schoolers read about the 2007-2008 network television lineup with the New York Times article "Gauging Viewer...
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Standards Focus: Allusions and Terminology to Know

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this Fahrenheit 451 literature guide, learners examine and study 24 allusions and terms referenced by Ray Bradbury in part 1 of the novel.
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Think of an Ending

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Good endings are hard to find. And write. This, the final lesson in a six-part series devoted to study of the ingredients of a good story, focuses on crafting endings. Class members draft ideas about what should happen to each of their...
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Greek Contributions: Review Tool

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Review six major contributions made by the Ancient Greeks. Greek drama, poetry, history, sculpture, science, and mathematics are all very briefly covered. Activities to complete with the class are included.
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Shakespeare's Plays in the Movies

For Students 11th
Quite a few movies are somewhat based on Shakesperean plays. Can you match them correctly? The title of a movie is given with four Shakespeare play titles to choose from for each question.
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The Merchant of Venice Quiz

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
The Merchant of Venice is the focus of twenty multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in this quiz that begins by focusing on characters. Quotes and specific objects in the play factor in to later questions.
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Reading Across the Disciplines: Organizational Patterns

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Content heavy, various organizational structures of expository text are examined in the 53 slides of this presentation. Providing readers with sample text and asking them to identify the organization pattern would provide scaffolding for...
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Three-Day Othello Unit

For Teachers 10th - 12th
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...
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Spelling Proofreading Worksheet

For Students 7th - 9th
Looking for a quick spelling activity to use as a quiz or warm-up? This resource provides a paragraph of eleven sentences, all of which contain a spelling error. Young learners list the mistakes on the lines below. Make a game out of...
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Great Depression Era Movies: What do the Endings Tell Us?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In the best of times and the worst of times the ticket lines for movies are long. Why? Why do people go to the movies? What can films and their endings tell us about the era in which they are made? These questions guide class members as...
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Solving Problems with Fractions

For Students 5th
In this solving problems with fractions worksheet, fifth graders solve five word problems with fractions, then use the answers to complete a data chart.
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Breaking News English: Humor

For Students 5th - 10th
In this humor worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more...
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U.S. Mint Releases New Jefferson Nickel

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Young scholars share their knowledge of Lewis and Clark, then read a news article about the redesign on the U.S. nickel to commemorate Lewis and Clark's expedition. Introduce the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then...
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Reviving the Renaissance

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Bring the Internet and the Renaissance together in this presentation assignment. Middle schoolers give a presentation on the Renaissance, using computers to both research and create the slides. The lesson includes a short assessment as...
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Shakespeare Play Summaries in Four Words

For Students 9th - 10th
This online interactive quiz on 10 Shakespeare plays is unlikely to be useful for your class; however, you could use it as a basis for your own assignment that asks class members to come up with four words to describe an entire work. An...
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Funny Business

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss how much they understand of satire and parody. They read an article about an Iraq news parody show. They create and act out their own parody skit. They write an essay about using humor in grave situations.
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Grandad’s Magic Gadgets

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore language arts by reading a children's story in class. In this story analysis lesson, students read the book Grandad's Magic Gadgets and identify the settings, characters and plot. Students answer study questions about...
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As I Lay Dying Study Questions & Essay Topics

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive literature instructional activity, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Students may check some of their answers online.
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Cyrano de Bergerac Nose His Terms

For Teachers 7th
Students use the play "Cyrano de Bergerac" to identify and analyze drama vocabulary, literary terms and elements of fiction. They write an original version of scenes from the play and develop a character analysis for the lead.
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Oedipus The King: An Introduction To Greek Drama

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners gain insight into Greek tragedy and such concepts such as fate, hubris, and (dramatic) irony. They recognize the Greeks concern with fate, self-determination and the role of gods and oracles in everyday life and compare and...
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Overture to 'William Tell' by Gioacchino Rossini

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create an awareness of how music creates a setting in a story or legend. They identify the instrumentation, dynamics and tempo used to create various settings for a musical story. They perform rhythmic patterns from listening...
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World Theatre Day

For Students 5th - 10th
In this World Theatre Day instructional activity, students complete activities such as reading a passage, matching phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice, unscramble the words, sequencing, unscramble the...
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Plot Development

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Learners identify the elements of plot and write a script with a strong plot.  In this plot lesson plan, students identify elements of plot in examples by completing a chart and a graphic organizer.  Learners then create plots from given...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Study Questions & Suggested Essay Topics

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Students may check some of their answers online.
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Aristotle

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive history quiz worksheet, learners respond to 51 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Aristotle. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Don Quixote - Essay Topics and Review Questions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 26 short answer and essay questions about Cervantes's Don Quixote. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
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Tissue, Please!

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students study the proper manners to reduce the risk of spreading or catching colds and flu. They discover good cold-season manners from reading aloud Tissue, Please! They complete an art project to reinforce good cold-season manner
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Stomp! Out Loud

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars, after viewing the video, "Stomp! Out Loud," explore and examine a collection of percussion, dance and movement routines. They assess the ideas of teamwork, creativity, responsibility and trust and then complete a...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Social Commentary

For Students 9th - 12th
Expose your class to the genre of political cartoons less concerned with serious political issues. This political cartoon analysis handout features social commentary on the many entertainments of youth, ironically paired with their...
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Humor and Iconicity in Classical Music

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Scherzo, cappricio, divertimento, and rando are all addressed in this look into humor through this classical music presentation. The slide show is very basic, but has some good background on Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Bach. The...
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A Midsummer Night's Quiz

For Students 9th - 11th
Take a look at this online interactive quiz if you're looking for a test of your class' understanding of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Know that it does not require critical thinking or analysis.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fun Trivia Quiz

For Students 9th - 10th
Your class may enjoy taking this short online quiz on A Midsummer Night's Dream to self-assess basic reading comprehension; however, its lack of rigor and authority precludes it from being a suitable class assignment.
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Fun Trivia Quiz

For Students 9th - 12th
Test basic plot comprehension of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with this online interactive quiz. Class members answer 15multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions about the plot, characters, setting, and quotes from the play....
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Adele

For Students 4th - 6th
Learners will love completing this quiz about the singer Adele. This 10-question resource could be a great way to help your class practice research skills. They could use the Internet to find the answers to the questions.
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The Appositive Phrase

For Students 7th - 9th
What is an appositive? Knowing this phrase is essential to understanding the comma rule that involves them. Read the examples, and then complete the 20 sentences that follow. An answer guide is also provided. 
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Miscast and Seldom Seen

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Consider how well students' favorite TV shows, movies and video games reflect the diversity of society. The lesson introduces your class to several media literacy concepts, such as how media conveys values and messages, as well as the...
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The Grapes of Wrath: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Judy Garland. Jack Benny, The Lone Ranger, Edward R. Murrow. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman. The second lesson in a unit devoted to The Grapes of Wrath establishes for readers the cultural and...
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Venn Diagrams and Data Sets

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Venn diagram and data sets worksheet, students solve 16 short answer problems. Kids organize data sets using a Venn diagram. Students answer questions about a data set given a Venn diagram. Students find the mean, median, and...
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Listen to a Radio Show

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students practice the art of listening. In this listening skills lesson, students listen to an old-time radio show and identify hidden messages, innuendo, sarcasm, double entendres, puns, hyperbole, irony, colloquialisms, inflections,...
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Compare and Contrast

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students analyze criteria and create a compare and contrast chart.
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"Twelfth Night": What's so funny?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers brainstorm and discuss elements of modern humor. They compare humor in their own lives to the humor that Shakespeare used in "Twelfth Night". They perform portions of "Twelfth Night" focusing on its humor.
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The Tiger, by William Blake (1757-1827)

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students become acquainted with work of poet, William Blake, as they listen to his poem entitled The Tiger, discuss tiger as symbol of power, explore human fascination with and powerful responses to nature, and act out poem as it is read...
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Finding the Verbs

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students receive instruction on verbs and their function by using the examples provided. They then complete the worksheet included, writing the verb in the blanks independently.
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Shakespeare Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss Shakespeare's background and their initial opinions and perceptions of him. In groups, they are assigned a topic to research and to relate one of Shakespeare's plays to the topic. They present a summary of the scenes...
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Language Arts: The Rise of the Operetta

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners develop an appreciation for the musical theater form, the operetta. In addition, they present parodies of songs from The Mikado. Working in small groups and accessing provided Websites, they compose their parodies. Once...
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Chemical Elements: Teacher Story

For Students 8th - 9th
In this chemical elements: teacher story worksheet, students use the periodic table to write down the name and symbol of the first 10 elements. Students then complete a story by filling in the blanks with the names of the elements of the...
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Movie Crossword

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this adjective worksheet, learners employ the crossword clues to help them determine which adjectives listed in the word bank accurately describe the types of movies presented.
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Democracy and Greece's Golden Age

For Students 9th - 10th
In this Greece worksheet, students answer six questions about Athens' golden age, then write about the causes and effects of the Peloponnesian War.
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Standards Focus: Subgenres of Literature - Satire in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

For Teachers 11th - 12th
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn satire worksheet, students find quotations from the novel that satirize specific topics in society.
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Quotations and Quotations Marks

For Students 6th - 7th
In these quotations worksheets, students review the rules for direct quotations and quotation marks. Students then complete three pages of activities for quotation usage.
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Reading 2: Laughter Linked to Health, Happiness

For Students 5th - 8th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a selection about laughter and then respond to 5 true or false questions.
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Idioms

For Students 5th - 10th
For this idiom skills worksheet, students read about 7 commonly used idioms and then answer 6 short answer questions regarding the meaning of idioms.
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Entertaining Films: Vocabulary Skills

For Students 5th - 10th
In this online interactive vocabulary skills activity, students answer 10 fill in the blank questions regarding entertaining films. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Humor: Vocabulary Skills

For Students 5th - 10th
In this online interactive vocabulary skills worksheet, learners answer 10 fill in the blank questions regarding humor-related vocabulary. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Turn off the TV: Vocabulary Skills

For Students 5th - 10th
For this online interactive vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 fill in the blank questions regarding television-related words. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Being in the Noh: An Introduction to Japanese Noh Plays

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the conventions used in Noh plays and write an introduction to a Noh play of their own. In this Noh play lesson plan, students identify the conventions of the Noh form and analyze the realizations the main character...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students read and perform William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this Shakepeare play instructional activity, students read the script for the play and practice the simplified version of the play.
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Poetics

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 30 multiple choice questions about Poetics by Plato. Students may submit their answers to be scored.

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