Vaudeville Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson plan will give you an activity, extension, quiz, and discussion topics and questions that will help your students learn more about Vaudeville.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students should be able to:

  • identify when Vaudeville was popular
  • name the various kinds of acts one would see thanks to Vaudeville
  • discuss how Vaudeville started and eventually met its end


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

Key Terms

  • Put these terms and their definitions up on the board. The class should copy both the term and definition into their notebook.
    • Vaudeville
    • Vaudevillian
    • Circuit


  • Pass out a handout with the lesson text on Vaudeville: Definition, History, Acts & Music for each student.
  • Read the lesson together as a class. Encourage students to ask questions as you do so.
  • After reading the material, discuss:
    • What types of acts were part of Vaudeville?
    • What was a circuit?
    • Show the students historic videos of Vaudeville acts.
    • What/who eventually replaced the stars of Vaudeville?


  • Once you've finished the discussion, use the lesson quiz as an in-class activity. Review the questions and answers with the class once every student has finished taking the quiz.

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