Theatre Etiquette Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

The earlier in life students learn etiquette for different situations, the more respectful (and respectable) they will be. Your students can learn all about theatre etiquette as they discuss etiquette rules and create theatre etiquette posters.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'etiquette'
  • Describe theatre etiquette and why it is important

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Materials

  • Transparency with list of theatre etiquette rules
  • Transparency with vocabulary words and definitions
  • Projector
  • Poster boards
  • Colored pencils and markers
  • Index cards with one etiquette rule on each card

Vocabulary

  • Etiquette
  • Theatre
  • Theatre etiquette
  • Respect
  • Considerate
  • Audience
  • Intermission

Instructions

  • Begin this lesson by asking your students, 'What bothersome things do other people do while you're trying to watch TV?' Allow several students to answer.
  • Explain that it would be great if there were rules in place to help keep those bothersome distractions from happening while watching TV.
  • Let your class know that there actually are rules in place for when we watch shows in public, such as when we watch live shows on stage at the theatre.
  • Project the list of vocabulary words on the board or wall. Give the definition for each and discuss how each word relates to theatre etiquette.
  • Next, project the list of etiquette rules and discuss each one.

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