Pre-Columbian Theater, Spanish Empire, and Sor Juana: Crash Course Theater #22

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The Aztecs turned the act of making sacrifices into a theatrical production. These native religious practices introduce a video on Pre-Columbian theater. By watching the video, viewers discover the connection between theater and the Catholic church and the introduction of drama to indigenous people groups. Viewers also get a glimpse of how the Spanish Empire reacted to theatrical traditions in Mexico.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Read a biography of Sor Juana and summarize her influence on the world of theater
  • Discuss why plays often centered around religious traditions
Classroom Considerations

  • 22nd in the Crash Course Theater playlist
Pros

  • Highlights a strong female writer from history
  • Uses humor to discuss some otherwise lackluster topics
Cons

  • Jumps quickly from point to point, making the content difficult to follow; therefore pause the video frequently to check for understanding
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