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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

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Constructing New Understanding Through Choral Readings of Shakespeare

After reading The Tempest or any other play by William Shakespeare, students work in small groups to plan, compose, and perform a choral reading based on a character or theme.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

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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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20

Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.

Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken–such as age, race, and gender–that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 24

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

Students are introduced to the characteristics of drama, read a chapter from a novel the class has read, and create a script from the chapter that they will present to the class.

 

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