SEL Lesson Plan Library
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. Download and go!
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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.
I Want to be a Producer: Creating a Jukebox Musical ConceptHigh School Advanced lesson by Julia Cuppy. In this theatre lesson, students work together to create a jukebox musical story overview based on issues and themes important to them using a set of parameters including time period and style of music.You must log in to access content.
How to Cast a ShowHigh School Advanced lesson by Erin-Moughon Smith. In this dramaturgy/directing lesson, students learn what goes into casting a show. Students learn about implicit bias, playwright intention, and responsible representation as they decide who will play the part in their chosen scripts.You must log in to access content.
Plays in Time: Comparing A Raisin in the Sun and All My SonsHigh School Advanced lesson by Erin Moughon-Smith. In this dramaturgy lesson, students compare and contrast two plays written in the same time period. Students use historical research in this process about the time period, playwrights, and production history. They also compare and debate the connection between a drama/theatre work and contemporary issues that may impact audiences.You must log in to access content.
To be or not to be, is that a question?: Analyzing Hamlet’s soliloquy then and nowHigh School Advanced lesson by Erin Moughon-Smith. In this dramaturgy lesson, students compare and debate the connection between Hamlet’s To Be or Not to Be soliloquy and contemporary issues that may impact audiences. Students do this through examination of the text as well as different performances of the monologue.You must log in to access content.
How to Start Writing a Full Length PlayHigh School Advanced lesson by Erin Moughon-Smith. In this playwriting lesson, students learn how to start a full length play and explore character and plot as well as different structures used for creating pieces.You must log in to access content.
Set Design with Stage Art Made from Scraps and LeftoversHigh School Advanced lesson by Joselyn Ludtke. In this design and create lesson, students learn to use scraps and leftovers to create artwork to dress the stage. These pieces of art will represent characteristics of the characters, the time period, and the story being told in the play/musical.You must log in to access content.
My Own Tombstone: Creating and Understanding GraveyardsHigh School Advanced lesson by Joselyn Ludtke. In this design and create lesson, students will work in teams to make gravestones, while exploring the cultural history of graveyards.You must log in to access content.
Building an Improviser’s MindsetHigh School Accomplished lesson by Julia Cuppy. In this lesson, students make connections between how improvisational skills can improve social and emotional skills.You must log in to access content.
More than Metaphor - Understanding Performance RhetoricHigh School Accomplished lesson by C. Holmes. In this lesson, students learn about rhetorical devices, work in groups to become an “expert” in their type of device, share this knowledge with the class, and create a short scene using these devices to create a personification of their device. As a class, students form observations about how certain types of rhetoric lend themselves to certain sorts of character types. Students can use this information when expressing themselves in future projects.You must log in to access content.
Plot AnalysisHigh School Accomplished lesson by Kristie L. Farr. After reading "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen, students complete a root action statement and plot analysis.You must log in to access content.
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