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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York in 1955.
|Grades||5 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York on this date in 1955. The play, which tells the story of a rich Southern family and their struggles to control the family fortune and their own inner conflicts, went on to earn a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Williams.
To prepare students to read the works of Tennessee Williams or other playwrights, first introduce them to the characteristics of drama. Reader's Theater provides a great way to demonstrate the difference between expository and dramatic structure. Divide students into groups and provide each group with a chapter from a novel the class has read. Ask them to create a script from the chapter that could be used to present this chapter's events to the class. Aaron Shepard's Website on Reader's Theater offers a variety of resources to help you guide students in this activity. Once the groups have produced their scripts, they can present their scenes to the rest of the class.
- Tennessee Williams
Biographical information and works by the author are included in this Website.
- Tennessee Williams
The Kennedy Center provides a brief biography of Tennessee Williams.
- American Drama - Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
Paul P. Reuben, of California State University, Stanislaus, presents this research and reference guide to Tennessee Williams.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
This lesson plan invites students to consider characters from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Students explore a selected character and write poems about objects associated with that character.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students use both analytical and creative skills to adapt passages from a novel with significant internal dialogue and conflict, such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved, into a ten-minute play.