Acting Up, A Melodrama: Performing Like Jo March and Her Sisters in Little Women

This Acting Up, A Melodrama: Performing Like Jo March and Her Sisters in Little Women lesson plan also includes:

Lights, Camera, Action! Pupils read Little Women and create, act, and direct a melodrama that Jo March and her sisters would enjoy. The lesson plan comes complete with resources for the educator on melodrama as well as examples for drama scholars.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Enhance the project-based learning by having a film festival as a class that shows each melodrama in succession
  • Consider inviting parents/administrators for melodrama performances, so actors and directors can have an original, real audience
Classroom Considerations

  • Teachers should read Little Women as well as various print, media, and web resources included within resource to prepare for the lesson
  • Learners that are visually impaired or disabled may need modified handouts or texts
Pros

  • Lesson plan reflects the highest level of Bloom's Taxonomy/Webb's Depth of Knowledge and ensures rigor for pupils
  • Project-based learning and collaborative nature of lesson reflect cutting-edge, 21st-century teaching practices
Cons

  • There are many suggested reads for the educator prior to planning, which may be cumbersome