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Ch 1: Drama Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use the lesson plans in this chapter to help you outline your drama class in an efficient and most effective way. Each lesson plan contains several tools you can implement in the classroom to help students learn and retain information about drama and different dramatic works.

Drama Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

These lesson plans explore drama and dramatic works, paying special attention to the basics of the genre, its origins and an analysis of various drama classics. This chapter is written specifically to help teachers plan effective class discussions, lectures and activities. You'll help your students develop their understanding of drama by analyzing and critiquing the following:

  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Julius Caesar by Shakespear
  • Styles of drama
  • Dramatic works in different time periods

How It Helps

  • Analyze literature: Analyze drama classics, such as Sophocles' Antigone and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
  • Develop understanding: Develop your students' understanding of the literary genre by tracing its origins and development.
  • Comparative analysis: Compare and contrast drama through different time periods and in different styles.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning drama classes easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to drama you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your drama class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the lessons on the relevant play analysis for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts about the dramatic work.
  • Engage your students with relevant drama-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

31 Lessons in Chapter 1: Drama Lesson Plans
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Writing a Play Lesson Plan

1. Writing a Play Lesson Plan

Teach your students how to write their own plays with this useful lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, work with a small group to create a play, and take a related quiz on this lesson.

Writing a Play: Script Format, Steps & Tips

2. Writing a Play: Script Format, Steps & Tips

A play is a form of literature with a distinct approach and formatting. In this lesson, you'll learn about the basic guidelines and strategies for writing the script of a play.

Drama Lesson Plan

3. Drama Lesson Plan

Tap into your students' dramatic sides with this Study.com lesson plan. Examine the term, history and styles, then put students' new knowledge to use by asking them to analyze dramatic text.

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

4. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

Elements of Drama Lesson Plan

5. Elements of Drama Lesson Plan

What makes a literary work a drama? Teach your students the elements of drama with this video lesson plan. Make learning stick with an engaging activity.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

6. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Theatre History Lesson Plan

7. Theatre History Lesson Plan

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.

History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

8. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.

War Horse Lesson Plan

9. War Horse Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to deepen your students' understanding of the characters and plot in the play War Horse by Nick Stafford. Students will read a text lesson that overviews plot and analyzes characters then discuss content with peers before applying learning to an activity.

War Horse: Summary & Characters

10. War Horse: Summary & Characters

Nick Stafford's theatrical adaptation of Michael Morpugo's novel 'War Horse' follows the unlikely friendship of a boy and a horse. In this lesson, we will take a look at the characters in the play and summarize the action.

Musical Theatre Lesson Plan

11. Musical Theatre Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about musical theatre. In this two-day lesson, students start by reading an informational text explaining the history and characteristics of musical theatre, then watch a video lesson on Stephen Sondheim.

What Is Musical Theater? - History & Terms

12. What Is Musical Theater? - History & Terms

Musical theater is a very popular form of entertainment, but what exactly is it? In this lesson, we'll explore the history of musical theater and see how it came into its current definition.

Stephen Sondheim: Lyrical Contributions to Musical Theater

13. Stephen Sondheim: Lyrical Contributions to Musical Theater

Stephen Sondheim wrote some of the most celebrated lyrics in American musical theater. In this lesson, learn about his life and explore his style of writing, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Sound of Music Lesson Plan

14. The Sound of Music Lesson Plan

The hills are alive with the sound of learning with this fun lesson plan on 'The Sound of Music.' The original film will have students singing along with the von Trapps, an activity gives them the chance to investigate the real family, and a text lesson helps to clarify the facts.

The Sound of Music: Summary, History & Characters

15. The Sound of Music: Summary, History & Characters

Many have enjoyed some version of 'The Sound of Music' only to later learn that parts of it are untrue. This lesson will acquaint you with the real story of the von Trapp family, explain how the musical play and film evolved, and explore some of the differences between them.

Melodrama Lesson Plan

16. Melodrama Lesson Plan

What is melodrama? This lesson plan uses two engaging video lessons to explain this concept, as well as an activity to give students a chance to create their very own melodramatic skits.

What is a Melodrama? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

17. What is a Melodrama? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Melodrama is a type of highly emotional narrative that was popular throughout the 19th and 20th century. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define melodrama, gain insight into some of its characteristics, and explore some examples in theater and film.

Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera

18. Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera

Have you ever wondered where or when soap operas started? In this video, we will look at the history and transformation of the melodrama from the stage to the small (and big) screen.

Tartuffe Lesson Plan

19. Tartuffe Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores the play 'Tartuffe' by Moliere and can be used as a supplement during the reading of the play or as a summary upon completion of the play. Students will read two text lessons, participate in discussion questions, and work in groups to create their own satirical skit.

Tartuffe: Summary & Analysis

20. Tartuffe: Summary & Analysis

Moliere's ''Tartuffe'' is a story about a man who falls prey to misplaced adoration. The dramatic work presents several dramatic features which define the play as a comedy of manners. Of particular importance is Moliere's satirical look at religious hypocrisy.

Tartuffe: Characters & Quotes

21. Tartuffe: Characters & Quotes

Molière's 'Tartuffe' is about how the fraud Tartuffe nearly ruins Orgon. Orgon's family is aware of Tartuffe's machinations and goes to great lengths to reveal his true nature. Learn more about these characters through their quotes.

Tartuffe Essay Questions

22. Tartuffe Essay Questions

''Tartuffe'' is a story about a man who pretends to be holy to trick a family into giving him everything. This lesson provides a variety of essay questions for students to increase their comprehension of this tale.

Commedia Dell'Arte Lesson Plan

23. Commedia Dell'Arte Lesson Plan

What is Commedia Dell'Arte and how has it evolved throughout history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to establish a knowledge base for students. An activity connects students with the masks of Commedia Dell'Arte.

Commedia Dell'Arte: Plays, Facts & Costumes

24. Commedia Dell'Arte: Plays, Facts & Costumes

Commedia dell'Arte is a fascinating form of theater, often improvised around set scenarios. This lesson will introduce you to its basic characters, the costumes that distinguish them, and important facts about the development of the form.

Comedy as a Genre Lesson Plan

25. Comedy as a Genre Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the genre of comedy. You'll use a video lesson to learn about this genre and then students will apply their understanding in activities, discussion questions, and a quiz.

Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics

26. Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics

Comedies are designed to make us laugh - sometimes even until we cry - but what actually defines a 'comedy'? Get a quick reminder in this lesson, where you'll learn the definition and take a closer look at the characteristics of this hilarious literary genre!

Theatre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

27. Theatre Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the evolution of theatre with some help from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides a detailed history of theatre, then make and play a fun game with content, and put on a production to show what they know.

Theatre Lesson for Kids: History & Timeline

28. Theatre Lesson for Kids: History & Timeline

This lesson tells us about the history of theater and how it all began in ancient Greece. It also talks about how theater spread across the world and how it came to America.

Theatre Lesson Plan for High School

29. Theatre Lesson Plan for High School

Educate your students about the theatre with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a helpful follow-up quiz, and participate in hands-on activities that will solidify newly learned core concepts.

Creative Drama: Definition & Example

30. Creative Drama: Definition & Example

Creative drama is an alternative theater technique for children that can help them improve academic and social skills. Learn all about it in this lesson.

Role on the Wall Lesson Plan

31. Role on the Wall Lesson Plan

Consider using this lesson to introduce students to the dramatic technique of 'role on the wall.' Students will engage in a group activity to create a 'role on the wall' for a dramatic character and then use the technique to prepare for an improv.

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