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Our Town Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help students summarize and analyze the play Our Town. Students will watch an engaging video before engaging in an activity to demonstrate comprehension. Apply concepts and check understanding with a short quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Our Town
  • analyze theme in Our Town
  • discuss character development in Our Town

Length:

1-1.5 hours

Materials

  • Copies of the play Our Town
  • Copies of the printable quiz, one for each student

Key Vocabulary/Characters

  • Pulitzer Prize
  • The Stage Manager
  • Emily Webb
  • George Gibbs
  • Doc Gibbs
  • Mrs. Gibbs
  • Mr. Webb
  • Mrs. Webb

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.9

Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.

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