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"Auditioning

Grade Level: High School Advanced (HS III)
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          "Creating a Tableau for a Story

Grade Level: Designed for a unified theatre class which is a combination of students
with special needs and mentor students in grades 9-12, or a 6th grade class.
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Lesson Plan Library

Lesson plans and units created for EdTA members in a common template for ease of use. Our library includes a wide variety of lesson plans for grades K - High School; including a wide variety of lesson plans across all areas of the Theatre Model Curriculum Framework:  acting, directing/producing, designing & technical theatre, writing/devising and dramaturgy.   

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Access adjudicated lesson plans designed for EdTA.

  • Building Ensemble Agreements
    Students learn to create their own classroom agreements in this SEL embedded lesson plan by Julia Cuppy.
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  • Plays in Time
    Comparing "A Raisin in the Sun" and "All My Sons" for an analysis of the themes and comparison to contemporary issues.
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  • Elements of Staging
    High School Advanced lesson by Kristie L. Fuller and Kate Lee. Through a series of exercises, students select a theme to explore through research and devising work.
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  • Collaborative Playmaking
    High School Advanced lesson by Julia Cuppy. In this lesson, students collaborate and create a short improvised theatre piece centered on a central idea or theme by using the devised theatre process.
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  • Forum Theatre
    High School Advanced lesson by Kaz Chandler. In this lesson, students investigate the techniques of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed through Forum Theatre in exploring reform of social issues through theatrical convention.
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Lesson Plans with annotated SEL Connections

Social Emotional Learning encompasses skills in self awareness, social awareness, self management, responsible decision making and relationship skills. For SEL to be most effective, it must be both explicit and consistent. This page features theatre lesson plans across all aspects of the curriculum which model intentional SEL instruction by making natural connections to what goes on in the theatre classroom. We make it easy for you by demonstrating strategies and language to add SEL power to your lessons. 

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Download and use these lesson plans which model Social and Emotional learning connections in theatre classrooms, created by educators for EdTA as a part of the 2021 EdTA SEL Lesson Plan Project.

  • Introduction to Japanese Theatre

    High School Proficient lesson by Jo Strom Lane to introduce students to Japanese Theatre (noh/kyogen, kabuki, and bunraku) through short puzzles and videos, including Star Wars Kabuki.

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  • Theatre Jobs

    High School Proficient lesson by Mark Zortman to guide students through an exploration of various job opportunities that exist within the theatre world.

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  • The Feel of Horror: Incorporating Elements of Horror into Scenic Design

    High School Advanced lesson by Joselyn Ludtke. In this design only lesson, students incorporate aspects of horror into scenic designs.

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  • That Bottle Should Have Come with a Label: Props and Script Analysis

    High School Advanced lesson by Joselyn Ludtke designed for students to learn to create props based on the needs of a script and the application of a design concept.

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  • Script Analysis for Costuming

    High School Accomplished or High School Advanced lesson by Natalie Dommer. In this lesson, students learn how to find details in a script for the purpose of costume design, and create an effective chart to organize their script research.

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