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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!

 

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.

  • How to Cast a Show
    High 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.
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  • Plays in Time: Comparing A Raisin in the Sun and All My Sons
    High 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.
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  • To be or not to be, is that a question?: Analyzing Hamlet’s soliloquy then and now
    High 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.
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  • I Want to be a Producer: Creating a Jukebox Musical Concept
    High 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.
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  • How to Start Writing a Full Length Play
    High 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.
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  • Set Design with Stage Art Made from Scraps and Leftovers
    High 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.
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  • My Own Tombstone: Creating and Understanding Graveyards
    High 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.
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  • Developing a Director’s Concept
    High School Accomplished or High School Advanced (Grades 9-12) lesson by Julia Heckathorn. In this lesson, students learn how to develop a Director’s Concept.
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  • Acting without Words: Creating a Silent Film
    Grades 10-12 (High School Accomplished) lesson by Joel King. In this acting lesson, students learn to apply nonverbal communication techniques in performance.
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  • Foley Sound Design
    Grades 9-12 lesson by Julia Heckathorn. In this Foley sound design lesson, students learn to create everyday sounds using found objects and instruments.
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