By Michaella Scholz
Students will show their understanding about how American Playwrights shape theatre by completing a presentation that shows why their assigned playwright is the Greatest American Playwright.
High School Beginning Theatre Students
Students should be able to analyze texts. Students should also have experience some acting so that they have context so they can relate how acting is shaped by texts and playwrights.
#TH:Re7. Responding. Process Component: Reflect
Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Grade HS Proficient: Formulate a deeper understanding and appreciation of a drama/ theatre work by considering its specific purpose or intended audience.
#TH:Cn10.1 Connecting. Process Component: Empathize
Anchor Standard: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Grade HS Proficient: a. Investigate how cultural perspectives, community ideas and personal beliefs impact a drama/theatre work.
#TH:Cn11.2 Connecting. Process Component: Research
Anchor Standard: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Grade HS Proficient: Use basic theatre research methods to better understand the social and cultural background of a drama/theatre work.
Playwriting, Research, Interpretation of texts
Lesson 1: Project Model
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the project that is expected of them by completing 3-2-1 partner response.
Lesson 2: Guided Research on Playwrights
Students will demonstrate their ability to research by filling out guided research worksheets.
Lesson 3: Text Analysis
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the playwright’s life by analyzing a piece of text from them and being able to find parallels to the personal life of the playwright.
Lesson 4: The Great Playwright Debate
Students will demonstrate their ability to connect with their playwright by creating a top 3 reasons why their playwright is the Great American Playwright.
Lesson 5: Presentation Day 1
Students will demonstrate their understanding of their peer’s presentations by taking notes.
Lesson 6: Presentation Day 2
Lesson 7: Test and Reflection
Students will demonstrate their understanding of playwright’s and their significance by completing a test that includes a free response.
The Great American Playwright Unit of Lessons.Michaella Scholz
Documents used throughout the unit: Playwright Unit Supplements and Assessments
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