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King Arthur King Arthur: Man or Legend

King Arthur: Man or Legend

In this lesson, students will learn about the legend of King Arthur as depicted in stories, poems, and artwork

Appomattox Court-House A Light in the Storm: A Personal Look at the Civil War

A Light in the Storm: A Personal Look at the Civil War

Create a historical timeline and personal event timeline based on the historical fiction book and play A Light in the Storm and its main character, Amelia Martin.

Storyteller Figure by Michelle Paisano, Laguna Pueblo A Listening Doll

A Listening Doll

Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls

Mountains Mountain Creation: A Drama Exploration

Mountain Creation: A Drama Exploration

Students examine a poem about mountain creation from a Native American perspective and watching a scientifically-accurate film about mountain formation

Grimm's Fairy Tales book Moving Tales

Moving Tales

Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games. Groups then read and interpret an assigned Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale

Noh Character Dancing Noh Theater

Noh Theater

In learning about the history, theatrical elements, music, dance, and costuming, of Noh Plays students are also comparing and contrasting these to the other theater elements

The American Flag Oh, Say Can You See…

Oh, Say Can You See…

Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Romeo and Juliet Performance Essay

Performance Essay

By investigating Shakespeare through both an analytical and theatrical lens, students achieve a much deeper understanding of his work.

American Pioneers Pioneer America: Journey West

Pioneer America: Journey West

In this lesson, students will learn about the early pioneers in America and their motivations for moving West

Annie Oakley Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners

Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners

In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners

Pioneers Pioneer America: Pioneer Living

Pioneer America: Pioneer Living

In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers

Scene from Twelfth Night Playing with Puns

Playing with Puns

This theater and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative and interpretive opportunities. Students will analyze and compare the puns and word play in selected scenes

Fiction book Plotting the Story

Plotting the Story

Students examine plot as a significant element of fiction. They distinguish plot from narrative to gain a firm understanding of a plot’s function within a story

Shadow Puppets Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Through map-making, research, and class discussions, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road

Performance of Shakespeare's A Question of Style

A Question of Style

Students will explore the nature of comedy by informally staging the opening scenes in Shakespeare's As You Like It

The African Slave Trade Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students will research slavery

Snowy London Setting the Story

Setting the Story

Students examine setting as a significant element of fiction. They learn devices for creating a realistic setting, and use the methods in works of their own

Scene from Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

This lesson continues the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama in works by Tennessee Williams.

Mali Mask Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

This lesson introduces the legendary Malian king Sundiata Keita, known as the Lion King of Mali, by using elements of traditional Malian festivals.

Paul Bunyon Tall Tales Today

Tall Tales Today

In this lesson, students are introduced to the genre of American tall tales and will create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character.

Scene from 'The Glass Menagerie' The Memory Play in American Drama

The Memory Play in American Drama

This lesson explores structural and technical devices of the "memory" play by focusing on a Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie

Hip-hop poet The Poetics of Hip-Hop

The Poetics of Hip-Hop

Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music

Women and Men Tolerance: Gender Issues

Tolerance: Gender Issues

In this lesson, students research how professions such as nursing, clerking, and teaching have changed gender dominance over the past 150 years in the United States.

Mark Twain Twain: An American Humorist

Twain: An American Humorist

Students will analyze humor and the American character, developing a definition of “American humor”

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