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March 24

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York in 1955.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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