Development of English Drama

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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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Interesting historical origin story
  • Illustrates religious foundation of communities in medieval period
  • Excellent additional resources regarding the history of theater
Cons

  • Some background knowledge of biblical text may be useful for viewers
Common Core