Lesson Plan

"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Days 13 and 14

How important are sound effects in films? In stage plays? In radio programs? To gain an understanding of the impact of these special effects, class members watch a short video spoof of the sound in a scene from Star Wars: A New Hope. Then, they prepare a reader's theatre presentation of a scene from the NPR dramatization of Star Wars.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members listen and discuss a short segment of an old radio program to prepare them for the activity
  • Arrange the classroom in rows so that all focus is on the readers's vocal expressions and any sound effects, rather than visuals
Classroom Considerations
  • The ninth in a series of 10 lessons
  • Pupils need individual copies of William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
  • Also requires access to pages 320-335 of Brian Daley's Star Wars: The National Public Radio Dramatization book available for purchase from Amazon®
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website.It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Direct link to the Bad Foley YouTube clip
  • Provides template for the radio drama cast list
Cons
  • The activity does not include a discussion of the importance of the visual impact of the film and the play