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Why Do These Characters Act This Way ?
|Length:||1-2 class periods|
Language Arts, Performing Arts
|Subtopics:||Theater, Music, Literature|
|Intelligences Being Addressed:||Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Musical/Rhythmic, Verbal/Linguistic|
|Dimensions of Learning:||Acquisition and integration of knowledge, Extension and refinement of knowledge|
Using the individual characteristic drawing from the last lesson, students will expand on the character development of both Rigoletto and Gilda. They will do this through analyzation of the music, the libretto, and the story line.
|Materials:||The Black Dog Opera Library Series CD starring Pavoratti (Jean Pierre Ponelle film version)|
|Hand Outs:||Rigoletto's Story; Parts 1 and 2|
|Student Supplies:||Pencil and paper|
|Teacher Internet Resources:||
and Extension-Specific Resources: See unit overview
General Internet Resources: See unit overview
Standards for Arts Education:
||Music 5-8, Standards 6, 7, 8, 9|
Students will demonstrate the relationship between character and plot development.
1. To begin, discuss the students' drawings of Rigoletto. How do they see him as a character? What are his good points and his bad points?
2. Return to the story map that the students constructed in the last lesson. Follow the character Rigoletto through the events of the story. At each event ask the following questions: How does he feel? Why does he feel this way? (Example: In the opening scene, Rigoletto feels happy because he gets to make fun of anyone he wants, and the Duke will protect him.)
3. As a group or on their own, have the students repeat this process for the Duke and for Gilda.
4. Read the libretto for the following selections and then listen to the arias: The Duke's Philosophy (CD1, Tr3), The Duke Grieves Over the Loss of Gilda (CD2, Tr1 and 2), The Duke's Song (CD2, Tr12). What do these pieces of music tell us about the Duke? Do you think that he is really as sad as he seems in the second selection?
5. Replay Gilda's declaration of Love (CD1, Tr16). What does this music tell us about Gilda?
6. On a sheet of paper, ask the students to describe ways in which the tragedy of the story could be avoided. If they were the Duke, how would they act differently? If they were Rigoletto? If they were Gilda?
Do the students' papers reflect an understanding of how the character flaws in each individual contribute to the unfolding of the tragedy?
Continue to lesson 4.
Black Dog Opera Series Rigoletto CD
|Submission Date:||November 1, 2000|
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