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Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work

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Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work

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

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Class set of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (or another play)

  • Internet access and computers

  • Chart paper and markers, or board and chalk

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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.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Sample Character-Idea Poems

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PREPARATION

  • Before this session, students will have read the first scene of the play. They can do the reading in class or at home prior to the session.

  • Test the Drama Map student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool 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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