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Stage Direction

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Stage direction is important to know for all people involved in a production. Watch this video to learn all of the different directions.
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Enter Ophelia: Stage Directions, Promptbooks, and Film

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers review different film versions of the play, Hamlet, and compare what was presented to the actual stage directions given in the original Shakespearean version.
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Analyzing Atmosphere: Macbeth Murder Scene and Dagger Speech

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act II, Scenes I and II) lacks explicit details of the murder of King Duncan, yet the author creates an atmosphere that allows us to visualize the event. Readers interpret the "Dagger Speech" by writing stage...
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Stage Directions Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine and discuss stage directions, stage area layout, and body positions. They complete a stage directions and body positions worksheet, and draw the body positions for each stage area layout.
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Elements of Drama: Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Introduce your young thespians to the elements of drama! Key vocabulary helps them through their first week of class. The presentation outlines parts of a script, stage direction, and strategies for reading a script. Tip: The strategies...
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You Can't Go Home Again (or, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read a scene from Hamlet, without stage directions. They recreate the scene using their own stage directions as they see fit for the scene.
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Introduction to Stage Directions

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils, in groups, describe the stage picture. They are to describe the positioning on the stage.
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Scripting a Crime Drama

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Develop novice script-writers. Small groups sift through a sample script, noting any script-writing conventions to share with the whole class. Using these conventions and plot structures, these groups compose a script for a 10-minute...
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Stage Movement/ Blocking

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners work in teams of two to introduce stage directions/ blocking into a basic dialog using the program Hollywood High.
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The Miracle Worker Lesson Plan 1 (9th Grade Day 31)

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore The Miracle Worker. In this literature instructional activity, 9th graders review the elements of drama and discuss the main characters. In groups, students create descriptions of the characters' personalities and...
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Six tasks make up a lesson plan designed to reinforce comprehension and language skills using the poem "The Pied Piper" by Robert Browing. Scholars discuss and define unknown words, identify adjectives and onomatopoeia, review complex...
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Promptbook Act 2.1: Katherine vs. Petruchio

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Compile a promptbook with your young theater designers using a scene from Taming of the Shrew. The activity outlines several activities, though it doesn't provide any examples of a promptbook or text from the play. Additionally, it...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 11

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members take center stage as groups perform scenes from Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. Actors are encouraged to add stage directions to the script, as well as create costumes and props to...
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Macbeth

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Exhibit this optically pleasing, and truly educational PowerPoint on Macbeth if you are in need of a set of enlightening themes, information on Shakespeare, the Globe Theater, and the basics of acting and stage direction. Some slides...
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Ten Minutes or Less

For Teachers 9th - 12th
To conclude a study of script writing, young dramatists are instructed to create their own one-act play. Designed to be performed in 10 minutes or less, the scripts are to include stage directions, scene and character descriptions, as...
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Following the Blood

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students rehearse a scene from Julius Caesar and analyze how the physical aspects of stage direction impact the audience. In this Julius Caesar lesson plan, students use blood in the scene and analyze the direction and where the blood is...
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ESL Network: Tezen, A Haitian Folktale

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders brainstorm various types of friendships prior to reading "Tezen," a tale about a young girl's friendship with a fish. After writing story reviews, they work in small groups to create dramatic skits based on the text and...
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Writing Drama-Trying Your Hand at being a Playwright

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders chart the elements of drama. In this performing arts lesson, 5th graders discuss the role of a playwrite, practice doing some Reader's Theatre scripts, write a paragraph about a problem between two people, and perform their...
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Drama

For Teachers 5th Standards
Ten drama lessons are the perfect addition to your language arts or theater class. With a focus on script elements, plot development, and parts of a dramatic story, the lessons guide young playwrights through the steps of telling a story...
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Stagecraft

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The house lights dim, the curtain parts, lights slowly come up, revealing the stage. Before the actors appear, before a word is spoken, the audience is drawn in by the lighting, by the colors, by lines of the set, by the props, and...
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Teaching Guide: Set Design

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The task of creating a set for a theater production may leave theater arts students asking where to begin. Set their minds at ease with a packet that not only provides information about the elements of design, but also guides them...
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Acting Skills

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice and demonstrate an assessment of acting skills by performing a duo scene. They incorporate stage directions, objectives and tactics, character development, physicality, vocal use and variety with stage pictures. Each...
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Play Acting

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this writing worksheet, students investigate how a play script is written by reading a sample play in proper format. Students learn how to indicate stage directions and how to tell who is speaking. Students answer 3 questions.
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The Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students act out a drama in this lesson on one aspect of the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium. They are to follow all stage directions precisely and give it their best effort to get across the main points of the play.

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