Watching a theatrical production can profoundly impact a person, but how would one convey the experience in writing? A handout helps readers organize their ideas and effectively write about plays, productions, and performances. Scholars also discover how language affects characterization.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners write a review of a play, performance, or film using the suggestions provided
  • Ask small groups to discuss how a character's or person's speaking mannerisms affect attitudes about them 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access or advance printing of the handout

  • Includes an accessible three-point plan for responding to a piece of theater
  • Contains specific examples from literary works to illustrate points

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