Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism: Crash Course Theater #20

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School children are not the only ones who have rules to follow! During the neoclassical period, the French established five main rules for plays. A video on theater history outlines those guidelines, as well as other elements of theater during the time period. After outlining the rules, the video provides examples of plays to help illustrate the concepts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Read one of Racine's plays and identify the key elements of the period in the script
  • Compare French dramas with the Greek plays that inspired them
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires prior knowledge of theater terms and Greek and Roman theater history, some of which can be found in previous videos in the series
  • 20th episode in the Crash Course Theatre playlist
  • Brings in humor to help make the history of French theater more interesting
  • Uses images and illustrations to make the content easier to understand
  • Present a large amount of information in a short time frame; pause the video frequently to check for understanding
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