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Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy

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Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Haley Fishburn Moore

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

The text of a tragedy, such as Shakespeare's Hamlet or Ibsen's The Doll's House

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Drama Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Drama Map

Students analyzing a play can map out the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution for a variety purposes. This interactive is aimed at secondary students.

 

Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.

 

Stapleless Book

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

Comic Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

 

Timeline

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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PREPARATION

  • Students should read the tragedy before working on this activity.

  • Decide how you want students to complete the assignment (computer accessibility often plays into this): do you want students to complete the assignment individually, in pairs, or in groups of 3 or 4?

  • Preview the student research sites linked below so that you can answer student questions during the research phase.

  • Test the Drama Map student interactive, Plot Diagram student interactive, and the additional interactives included on the Ideas for "Happily Ever After" Presentations handout on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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