Theater and plays Teacher Resources

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Literary Terms: Take Me to the Theater!

For Teachers 1st
Take your class to the theater! First graders will examine characters that actors play such a villians and heroes. Then participate in creating plays and performing in them. They will also research what it takes to create scenery, props...
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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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The American Revolution: A Play

For Teachers K - 5th
No lesson accompanies this drama about the American Revolution. With 13 speaking roles, the short script could be used for a class production, a lesson on the parts of a play, or to supplement your social studies curriculum.
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Performance Principles for Musical Theatre

For Students 6th - 12th
Introduce theatre arts students to the principles of musical theatre with a short information sheet that identifies and explains the importance of eight performance principles. 
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Reader’s Theater: “A Caterpillar’s Voice”

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Even the smallest creature can sound large and intimidating. Find out what happens when the caterpillar finds a very effective echo by asking your class to act out this light-hearted reader's theater script.
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Hamlet: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Hopefully, learners do not sleep during a performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet. A helpful study guide introduces theater goers to the popular Shakespearean tragedy and includes activities to accompany a production of the play. Activities...
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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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Man of La Mancha: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's the end of the sixteenth century in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition when a group of prisoners decides to dramatize the story of Don Quixote. A study guide provides a summary and other important information about the play Man...
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Reading for Fluency: Readers Theater about the Rainforest (Page 33)

For Teachers 5th Standards
Lights, camera, action. Scholars use page 33 of The Most Beautiful Roof in the World to create a readers theater. They work in triads and use sticky notes to mark and create their own speaking parts from sections of the text. They then...
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The Cinder-Eyed Cats - Storybook Theater

For Teachers K
The students listen to the story "The Cinder-Eyed Cats." The students then chose individual parts to play in a theater like production. The students move like their character, be it a fish, an octopus, a lobster, a cat, etc. Water music...
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Falling for Rapunzel: Dramatic Play

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
What a way to teach the parts of a play! Use Michelle Anthony’s adapted script of Falling for Rapunzel to demonstrate for your young readers the differences between stories and dramas. While no lesson plan is included, the script could...
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Where's the Boss? -- A Scripted Play About the Iditarod

For Teachers K - 8th
Students utilize a Reader's Theater script and accompanying lesson plan to learn about the Iditarod race that takes place in Alaska. During the process, they also learn about teamwork and working together.
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Reader's Theater

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Conduct a Reader's Theater. Third, fourth, and fifth graders rewrite books with a baseball theme to a Reader's Theater format. They form groups of four or five, practice reading the script, and then perform it for an audience.
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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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Development of English Drama

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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....
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Reading the Play

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Do figures of speech enhance a play or story? In small groups, learners locate and describe figures of speech they find while reading a reader's theater play. After making predictions, they describe how the figures of speech make the...
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Theater Arts/Creative Movement Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Here is a series of five exercises intended to bring movement, dance, and theater into the classroom. Intended for special ed classes, but appropriate for any grade, learners will pantomime, play pretend, dance, move, and create...
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Mythology: Reader's Theater

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Build reading fluency and classroom community with a Reader’s Theater activity. Class groups select a myth, or if part of a myth writing unit, select a group member’s myth, craft a script, and perform for the class. Directions for...
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Aristotle's Six Elements Of A Play

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders view the play, The Ant and the Grasshopper. They define Aristotle's six elements of a play. At the end of the lesson, 5th graders be asked to participate in the play by acting like busy ants. This lesson would tie in nicely...
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Songs from Shakespeare's Plays

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Match the lyrics of songs found in Shakespeare's plays to the work they came from. Bonus: sing the songs! You do get to choose from four titles in this multiple-choice quiz, and no, you do not have to sing the songs if you don't want to....
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Readers Theatre Scripts

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Engage and entertain young learners with this collection of readers theatre activities. With over 25 different scripts, a wide range of topics are covered from simple counting and rhyming exercises to adaptions of popular children's...
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Making Connections Through Theater

For Teachers K - 12th
The final instructional activity in a five-instructional activity theatre arts unit asks learners to investigate how theatre incorporates skills from other disciplines. Primary graders create word problems related to ticket sales. Middle...
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From Start to Strike: A Lesson Plan for the Whole Theatre Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce young thespians to all aspects of the theater. A syllabus for a one-semester drama course provides lessons that take learners from the history of drama to the many facets of play production.
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Developing Theater Literacy

For Students K - 12th Standards
The second lesson in a five-lesson theatre arts unit focuses on developing a grade level appropriate understanding of dramatic text elements, of theater history, and of the purposes of theater performance.