unit is geared for later elementary and middle grades. It fuses language
arts and music to explore one of Verdi's first masterpieces. It explores
the opera from the standpoint of plot and character and then examines
how Verdi uses operatic conventions and tonal shading to create dramatic
tension and unforgettable musical characterizations.
complete this unit, a teacher should have a recording of the complete
opera that includes a libretto with a good translation. The Black
Dog Opera Library Series fulfills this requirement admirably. All
references to the CD will be to this recording. In addition, after
completing the units you may want to show your students a video of
the entire film. The only currently available version is the Jean-Pierre
Ponelle film starring Pavarotti. Preview this tape first, as there
may be some material that you find objectionable in the second act.
unit, there are 8 lessons of varying length: