Ballet History Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the history of ballet with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson that explains the origins and progression of ballet, discuss and apply content in a creative way, then do an activity and take a quiz to help learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the origins of ballet
  • organize the progression of ballet into a timeline
  • describe types of ballet


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Ballet
  • Renaissance
  • Ballet du cour
  • Romantic ballet
  • Tutu
  • Classical ballet

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Distribute the lesson History of Ballet: Timeline & Facts and read the first section 'Ballet' with students.
  • Break students into small groups and ask them to discuss:
    • What is your impression/opinion of ballet?
    • Do you think ballet is too frou-frou?
  • Have students title their notebooks 'Ballet' and make three subsections titled 'Origins of Ballet,' 'Romantic Ballet,' and 'Classical Ballet.'
  • Take a look at and define vocabulary words.

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