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Just Say Noh. But Also Say Kyogen: Crash Course Theater #11

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Wigs, masks, demons, and Buddhism—what's not to love? All of these elements play a role in Japanese theater during the Middle Ages, a topic the informational video covers in depth. An engaging host shares an exhaustive overview of the Kyogen and Noh styles with images and animations mixed in throughout the video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Read a selection of Japanese folktales or myths in small groups and turn them into short skits using ideas learned from the video
  • Watch a performance of Kyogen theater and point out key aspects of the style
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires some understanding of Japanese history and culture in the fourteenth century
  • Pause the video frequently to check for understanding and to permit viewers to ask questions
  • Episode 11 in the Crash Course series on Theatre
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Emphasizes and defines key words related to Japanese theater
  • Makes connections to other time periods and types of theaters to improve depth of understanding
  • Content moves at a fast pace; pause frequently to check for understanding
Common Core