Theatre History Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Walk your students through the history of theatre with this lesson plan. Students start by viewing a lesson outlining the history of theatre, then apply learning with an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list the major points of theatre's history
  • discuss attributes of the periods of theatre history
  • use vocabulary correctly as related to theatre history
  • discuss how theatre has changed and remained the same


  • 1 - 1.5 hours


  • Paper
  • Pencils, colored pencils
  • Poster board
  • Images of play posters

Key Vocabulary

  • Greeks
  • Chorus
  • Middle Ages
  • Mystery play
  • Miracle play
  • Allegory
  • Morality play
  • Renaissance
  • Molière
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • Ben Johnson
  • William Shakespeare
  • Romanticism
  • Melodrama
  • Realism
  • Absurdism
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • Minority theatre
  • Modern theatre

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • 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

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