Arms and the Man: Study Guide

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Few aspects of life make better fodder for a comedic play than politics. A study guide introduces George Bernard's Shaw comedy Arms and the Man. Along with summaries of each scene and brief biographies of the main characters, two lesson plans cover topics such as characterization and propaganda.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Write modern-day versions of the scenes to use with one of the lessons
  • Bring in political ads and other current persuasive posters to show learners how these strategies appear in their daily lives
Classroom Considerations

  • Each of the two lessons aligns to different Florida state standards, but are applicable to classrooms in any state
Pros

  • Includes discussion questions related to universal themes found within the play
  • Requires few materials beyond the included handouts
Cons

  • Lacks specific examples of assessments to accompany the lessons
  • Missing specific timeframes for the activities
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