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Cinema: How are Hollywood films made? - Annenberg Media, Learner.org

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8 to 12
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If you teach film or plan a video project with students, this is a great site for students to see and practice the step-by-step process of basic film. As you ...more
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If you teach film or plan a video project with students, this is a great site for students to see and practice the step-by-step process of basic film. As you click through each step, the site provides some history. It then asks students to create their own screenplay scenes from a given (already filmed) scenario. Students can see what other student writers have said as well as see the actual screenplay that was used. The site follows this format through each step, with varying degrees of interaction all along the way: from directing to producing, acting to editing.

tag(s): movies (65)

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After using some of the brief history of film, teachers could have students create their own movie by assigning them different roles in the process (screenwriter, director, editor, actor, etc.) Some students might be responsible for blogging the process for another class and the end product could be shared among classes.

The resource links at the end are great for extending activities outside the classroom or getting students interested in their own research on film. Gifted students could use this as the start of a year-long project!

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Aaron Shephard's RT (Reader's Theater) Page - Aaron Shephard

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3 to 12
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This page provides lots of info and resources for using reader's theater in conjunction with plays, manuscripts, and folktales. Besides displaying Shephard's books for sale, click on...more
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This page provides lots of info and resources for using reader's theater in conjunction with plays, manuscripts, and folktales. Besides displaying Shephard's books for sale, click on Aaron's Extras to find scripts for plays and tales you can use in the classroom. Other offerings include worksheets, examples of scripting sheets you can use or learn to do it yourself, tips for using RT, and links to other references. You can search among the many materials available by genre, country, historical period, theme, etc.

tag(s): plays (37), writing (359)

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Use this website to find hints on how to dramatize the literature or folklore you're studying in the classroom. ESL students will find using Reader's Theater particularly helpful as they can read, speak, and listen to the materials and have more chances at comprehension. Similarly, students who are visual or oral learners will benefit from the multi-sensory presentations.
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16th Century Renaissance English Literature - Anion Jokinen

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9 to 12
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While there are countless sites on Shakespeare, this one offers the OTHER authors from the greatest period of English literature. This site doesn't even bother with Shakespeare, sending...more
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While there are countless sites on Shakespeare, this one offers the OTHER authors from the greatest period of English literature. This site doesn't even bother with Shakespeare, sending the reader to a different source for that information. The site divides the plays into Tudor, Elizabethan, and Jacobean periods. This is an impressive array that focuses on the history of the Tudors as background for Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, Hooker, Spenser, and dozens more. There is a new section on Renaissance drama and another on religious writers, who were very influential at this time. The variety offered here, particularly for those who think the only writer of this time was Shakespeare, is amazing. The small Google ads are unobtrusive.

tag(s): elizabethan (17), literature (275), marlowe (2)

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This is a great site for research and sharing with students. It gives them a taste beyond what they think they know about the English Renaissance. Most of the author-specific pages have links to discussion forums for that author, and students can quickly find other aficionados for obscure writers of this period. Share an author a day as you read Shakespeare, then ask students to research a favorite and create a digital museum piece about him/her on a wiki or write a blog entry as if from their person's journal.

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Radio Days: A Webquest - Cynthia Matzat

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6 to 10
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This is a simple webquest to introduce students to many of the techniques used in radio that are still used in film production today. It also familiarizes students with the ...more
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This is a simple webquest to introduce students to many of the techniques used in radio that are still used in film production today. It also familiarizes students with the era of radio -- an important experience for those trying to understand history of the first half of the twentieth century. The webquest is almost deceptively simple. The age of your students and the sophistication with which they approach the task can determine the level you want to teach. It includes the elements of typical webquests from introduction through evaluation in an easy, step-by-step manner.

tag(s): 1930s (15), 1940s (13), decades (14), radio (27), writing (359)

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Although this was written for 6-8th graders, it is a lesson easily adaptable to older students. The list of resources is very good, and the kinds of embellishments you can make on the tasks are limitless. It is a great project for students to work on in small groups, allowing students of all abilities an opportunity for success.

If you ever considered podcasting, this webquest is the perfect lead-in. Your social studies(or language arts) students will love actually producing their scripts for "broadcast" on the web. Bring the 1930s to life in your classroom!

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Elizabethan Theatre: The Dawn of Modern Drama - William Eyerly

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7 to 12
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Constructed by a practicing teacher, this webquest is simple, but very good. It takes students through a series of searches that lets them think about the difference between society...more
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Constructed by a practicing teacher, this webquest is simple, but very good. It takes students through a series of searches that lets them think about the difference between society and theatre of that time. While Mr. Eyerly has constructed the quest in such a way as to take the place of or significantly augment a unit plan (covering 45 days) on Elizabethan drama, with the culminating project being a student film, many parts of this are adaptable to shorter periods and less ambitious outcomes.

tag(s): elizabethan (17)

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There are many ways you can use this webquest to assist in teaching the beginning of modern drama, Elizabethan theatre, or Shakespeare. He goes through the quest process of introduction, task, process, and evaluation, but he also includes a teacher page with tips and ideas that is useful to the classroom teacher. If you have never done a complete webquest, why not consider trying ONE per year to see the benefits of a project-based approach, especially if someone else has already created the project for you. A grading rubric is includede in the Student Pages.

To assist in script editing and peer review, consider having students write and turn in their scripts on Google Docs, reviewed here. This can allow you an easier opportunity at giving timely feedback, and make it easier for groups to work in separate locations if need be - great for those with busy schedules.

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Homework High - 4Learning

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5 to 10
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer ...more
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer at Homework High. The variety of topics includes math, science, history, geography, English and language (including French, German, and Spanish). The website also provides links to other websites for additional practice. There are also tips for improving study skills.

tag(s): french (88), german (64), homework (44), spanish (108)

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Include a link to this website on your classroom newsletter or from your teacher web page for student help at home.

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Sondheim: Voice of Cultural Change - Jayne Karsten

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9 to 12
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Are you looking for a site that will incorporate history with cultural change and literature? This site helps students explore reasons for cultural change in the late 19th century and...more
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Are you looking for a site that will incorporate history with cultural change and literature? This site helps students explore reasons for cultural change in the late 19th century and the last four decades of the 20th century, examine the impact of cultural change on themes and forms of fine and performing arts, consider specific ways the two musicals under examination address the "social ills" of the late 19th century and contemporary life, explore the connection between the cultural climate of modern life and the "fractured" form in the fine and performing arts as well as theories about archetypal patterns embedded in fairy tales.In five 45-minute classes, these lessons explicate various components of two Sondheim musicals, giving attention to specific ways songs, music scores, narrative and theme interrelate.The two musicals considered are Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, both musicals that use literature as their base.

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Especially interesting for Humanities students and teachers, students can initiate design and performance activities related to musical theater, strengthen process skills of reading, writing, and analysis, and exercise oral and collaborative skills through assignments of formal essays, oral presentations, and special project topics. If your students have access to tools to create videos, this set of lessons could lead to a terrific script-writing and video production activity.
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Renaissance: The Elizabethan World - Maggi Ros

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4 to 12
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This site has links to everything you ever wanted to know about the Elizabeth world from a Compendium of Life in Elizabethan England to Heraldry to the transcripts of the ...more
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This site has links to everything you ever wanted to know about the Elizabeth world from a Compendium of Life in Elizabethan England to Heraldry to the transcripts of the trials of the Earls of Essex and Southampton. It also includes a link to a list of more than a hundred recommended sites for the Renaissance and Elizabethan times.Teachers of everything from world history to Shakespeare will find something to mine at this site. The Compendium of Elizabethan Life is especially interesting to those students who want to know "how things worked" 500 years ago in the time of Will Shakespeare. While this is a great research sourcefor Shakespeare, it is also good for drama, literature, and history for all sorts of activities.

tag(s): elizabethan (17), renaissance (34)

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Share this resource on your teacher web page for students to choose different research topics related to Elizabethan or Renaissance times. As you teach Shakespeare, bring up a daily "factoid," text snippet, or image on a projector to take students back in time before you start class.

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Applied and Interactive Theatre Guide - Toni Sant

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9 to 12
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An unusual site, this resource should be approached with care, but is worth listing for the interactiveness and uniqueness of it. It is a self-professed "resource for those who use...more
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An unusual site, this resource should be approached with care, but is worth listing for the interactiveness and uniqueness of it. It is a self-professed "resource for those who use theatre techniques for other or more than arts or entertainment purposes, and for those whose theatre styles incorporate other than traditional presentation styles." All of the links appear to work and provide a WIDE variety of activities and viewpoints. The caution comes in some of those links which can direct students to inappropriate sites for school. Please preview first.

The top of each site will give you a brief overview and then there is a row of book sources that you can purchase (clicking on them will take you to Amazon). Scroll down past those for the wealth of the site.

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Setting up for a direct link to one of the main areas like History of Theatre will allow your students a veritable feast of areas to choose from. They can look from ancient Greek theatre to marionette puppets to magic-lantern shows. Theatre in Education and WWW Resources and Links are also very useful to the classroom teacher.

If you teach Humanities, Radical Theatre is a good source for some of the epic, theatre of the absurd, and Guerrilla Girls art. Steer away from Drama Therapy, Hacktivism, and Psychodrama.

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Shakespeare and the Classics at pppst.com - Phillip Martin & Don Donn

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8 to 12
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This site is a bonanza for the teacher who teaches Shakespeare! One of the best features is a collection of teacher-made, free powerpoints: some you can use with your classes, ...more
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This site is a bonanza for the teacher who teaches Shakespeare! One of the best features is a collection of teacher-made, free powerpoints: some you can use with your classes, some with parents. These come from teachres in schools all over. The site also includes links to specific lessons or units already posted on the web for many of Shakespeare's plays, his life, or the Globe theatre. You must have Microsoft PowerPoint software to use thes portions of the site.

tag(s): globe (14), shakespeare (131)

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This is a great way to start many units, especially with students who have had a taste of Elizabethan theatre before. There are powerpoints that can adapted for review of dramatic terms or Shakespeare's life. You could show many of these PowerPoints on a projector or interactive whiteboard, checking student recall/prior knowledge of terms before showing the answers. You can also download and combine several of the shows into one, such as several of the Romeo & Juliet selections. The lesson plans are useable, but be aware of Fair Use rights regarding sharing copies on your own website. (Fair Use for instructional purposes does NOT include distributing unlimited, unrestricted copies on the web!). It is better to LINk to them.

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The Educational Theatre Association - EdTA

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6 to 12
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This is a site for those who teach theatre and those who want to be more involved in educational theatre throughout the USA and internationally. As the U.S. association affiliated ...more
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This is a site for those who teach theatre and those who want to be more involved in educational theatre throughout the USA and internationally. As the U.S. association affiliated with the International Thespian Society, this site provides everything a first-time director or a seasoned pro might want to begin a thespian society in his school. Or perhaps you just want to use some of the information from this site-- that's worthwhile too.

tag(s): acting (27)

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Going to the Visitor spot and taking the tour or clicking on the site map and scanning down the topics will provide you with a lot of information. They are selling their stamped goods, of course, but the goal of the site is to let people know about the society and provide support for those who teach drama. It is also a great place to network and they have programs for middle school as well as high school students.

You can elect to enter the FLASH or html (Non-Flash) version of the site.
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Exploring the Expository Scenes in Macbeth - Jim Carpenter, Ph. D.

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9 to 12
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Sometimes students miss what is being said as exposition in Shakespeare and are consequently confused for the rest of the play. This lesson gives them the opportunity to explore what...more
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Sometimes students miss what is being said as exposition in Shakespeare and are consequently confused for the rest of the play. This lesson gives them the opportunity to explore what is being said in a way they can apply to other scenes as well.

Getting students on their feet to perform Shakespeare is much easier with some preparation. These 3 45-minute lessons using Macbeth help them do just that. Guided practice in small groups helps the students feel a little less awkward and more confident as well as more aware of what they are actually saying while reading Shakespeare.

tag(s): macbeth (11), shakespeare (131)

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After trying these lesson ideas, you may be tempted to apply some of the techniques with other readings, as well.

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The Rest is Silence - Jim Carpenter, Ph. D.

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Wondering how to get students to listen for those setting clues in Shakespeare? Here's a lesson that helps them pinpoint the dialogue clues that Shakespeare used in place of stage ...more
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Wondering how to get students to listen for those setting clues in Shakespeare? Here's a lesson that helps them pinpoint the dialogue clues that Shakespeare used in place of stage directions.

tag(s): shakespeare (131)

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For those teaching Hamlet or any other Shakespeare tragedy, this is a great lesson to help them see what they need for stage direction. The pdf. handouts linked here are great. The lesson allows students to work in groups, then perform their interpretation, once again involving them in the script to teach the lesson. Includes 3 45-minute lessons.

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Examining Tone in Parody and Tragedy - Jim Carpenter, Ph. D.

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9 to 12
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Tone is a difficult concept for students to grasp. Using Romeo and Juliet's Act IV, scene v, students can look at it as either tragedy or parody depending on how ...more
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Tone is a difficult concept for students to grasp. Using Romeo and Juliet's Act IV, scene v, students can look at it as either tragedy or parody depending on how the director and actors present the scene. Using drama to demonstrate tone makes it a little easier for students to understand.

tag(s): literature (275), shakespeare (131)

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Since most students read Romeo and Juliet, this is a wonderful scene to use. They already perceive this scene as tragedy; presenting it as parody generally delights and amuses them, making it easier to see the tone. Using performance to show irony, repetition, and diction also helps cement those concepts. 3 45-minute lessons useable or adaptable.

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A Question of Style - Jim Carpenter, Ph. D.

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9 to 12
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Shakespeare's comedy sometimes escapes students because they can't get past the language. Using As You Like It as a starting point, students can look at different styles of writing,...more
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Shakespeare's comedy sometimes escapes students because they can't get past the language. Using As You Like It as a starting point, students can look at different styles of writing, acting, and directing, thus involving them beyond the written word. Looking at traditional theatre styles also gives them a place to begin and teaches them something beyond sitcoms.

tag(s): shakespeare (131)

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This can be done in 3 45-minute lessons or adapted for use with another Shakespeare play. The theory behind it is solid, and the site includes handouts that you can use or adapt to your needs. You will also find several study rehearsal guides and an assessment rubric.

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Multicultural Theatre in Music - Iris R. Davis

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4 to 6
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This curriculum unit is designed to help fourth and fifth grade students acquire musical and dramatic skills and knowledge. The lessons can be taught in the regular enrichment class...more
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This curriculum unit is designed to help fourth and fifth grade students acquire musical and dramatic skills and knowledge. The lessons can be taught in the regular enrichment class and can be completed in less than 30 minutes. It will take approximately nine weeks to complete the entire unit. While this is geared to a music class, it is adaptable to literature, history, art, or drama. The history of the theater will help students to understand that personal beliefs and societal values influence art forms and styles. Identifying significant works of drama will allow students to understand the diversity of cultures and styles. Students will be able to recognize the aesthetic qualities of the arts and they will learn to act, analyze and respond to performances, evaluate the quality of performances, and demonstrate performance disciplines.

tag(s): diversity (36)

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The joy of units offered like this is being able to use them in their entirety or pick, choose, and adapt to your own classroom needs. If your language arts series includes a theme on creativity or drama, this is a natural extension of that theme.

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The Trained Actor - Jonathan Nail

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10 to 12
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This begins with an explanation about why students should attend a university to study acting and theatre. It offers links to many sites beyond this one, but just using this ...more
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This begins with an explanation about why students should attend a university to study acting and theatre. It offers links to many sites beyond this one, but just using this one gives very practical information from a professional actor (and someone who has a B.F.A. in theatre) about auditioning, choosing monologues, etc.

tag(s): college (43)

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Depending on the maturity and motivation of your students, this site has information directly for them, or information you can adapt for your own teaching about the topics covered. This is an excellent site for those who actually teach drama to aspiring actors due to its practical nature. Coupled with several of the monologue sites, this gives many lessons of training and practice for those young actors.

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Shakespeare's Monologues - Steven Shults (ed.)

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8 to 12
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Looking for a monologue for memorization for class assignment, audition, or to impress your friends? You can find it here. Steven Shults has chosen many monologues from Shakespeare...more
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Looking for a monologue for memorization for class assignment, audition, or to impress your friends? You can find it here. Steven Shults has chosen many monologues from Shakespeare and divided them into male and female categories. You can even click at the bottom to have them translated into different languages for your foreign language learners!

tag(s): shakespeare (131)

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The choice of plays and monologues included is quite good. The monologues range from short to much longer and can be used for a variety of purposes.

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Television Production - Ron Whittaker, Ph.D.

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9 to 12
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A Free, Interactive Course in Studio and Field Production-- This is a free course aimed at students interested in going into television production. It is exhaustive in its entirety...more
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A Free, Interactive Course in Studio and Field Production-- This is a free course aimed at students interested in going into television production. It is exhaustive in its entirety and covers all aspects of the production from scripts to news reporting, editing, legal and ethical issues, etc. While it is geared to college students, upper level high school students would do well with some of this as well, especially those motivated by this subject matter. It also offers the entire course in Spanish and Portuguese.

Clicking on the "Readings and Information" menu will give you a "classroom related" menu that includes lesson plans and ideas. Scrolling down the main page, you can check on interactive test, crosswords, quizzes, video projects, and notes for both students and teachers.

tag(s): gifted (96), vision (87), writing (359)

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Wow, what a source for those teaching video or scriptwriting! This would be a valuable reference site for students interested in independent projects using video or for gifted enrichment projects, as well. If nothing else, assign lessons on composition and other "basics" to any student choosing to use video as a medium for a major project.
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Drama 8-10 - British Columbia Ministry of Education

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8 to 10
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This older site on drama provides lessons on Exploration and Imagination (Critical Analysis), Drama Skills (Body and Voice), Role, Drama as Metaphor, Elements and Structures, Technique,...more
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This older site on drama provides lessons on Exploration and Imagination (Critical Analysis), Drama Skills (Body and Voice), Role, Drama as Metaphor, Elements and Structures, Technique, Context (Social and Cultural Context), and Making Connections. These materials are called an Integrated Resource Package. There is no better way to teach drama than the basics, and this site delivers!

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This takes some looking through to find exactly what you might need, but it is definitely worth it. Try some of the many variations of the drama games in Appendix G which provides learning outcomes as well as lesson rationales.

Two important reasons are, "Drama education provides students with opportunities to examine human experiences through imagined roles and situations and to value the essential contribution of drama to their quality of life," and "Drama education provides students with opportunities to examine human experiences through imagined roles and situations and to value the essential contribution of drama to their quality of life." Both are reasons enough to teach drama in the classroom today in almost every subject area.

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