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Search through model lesson plans for grades K-12 created by educators for EdTA as a part of the 2020 EdTA Lesson Plan Project.

  • 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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  • Performing the Character Analysis Monologue
    High School Advanced lesson by Natalie Dommer for students to learn how to research the world of a character beyond the script for the purpose of writing a monologue and then presenting it.
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  • Adaptation from Page to Stage
    High School Advanced lesson by Erin Moughon-Smith. In this writing lesson, students adapt a current event story into a dramatic piece, justify their theatrical choices, and revise their piece based on rehearsal and feedback.
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Professional Learning

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 02/16/2023 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    In this webinar, Playwright Martine Sainvil (STRANGE HAPPENINGS AT THE SCHOOL LIBRARY published by Next Stage Press) will discuss her experience working with teachers and students to create original work. Topics will include: How to collaborate with working playwrights. Creating new work that is relevant to students. Developing a framework for beginner playwrights.

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Step back in time with instructor Sarah Tuft, as she recounts what it was like to wake up, twenty-one years ago, to the Twin Towers already collapsed, and how her instinct to “run towards the flames,” led her to write the docu-play, “110 Stories.” In this workshop, Sarah will share, not just her experience, but also tips on creating documentary theatre, including how to build trust when engaging with a community in crisis, how to identify and conduct the right interview, and how to structure those interviews into a moving play that tells the story you want to tell.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/13/2021

    Uncover the powerful stories inside you and learn to guide your students to devise theater organically and vividly.

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Enjoy these Model Cornerstone Assessments

Enjoy several free Model Cornerstone Assessment Units below. Learn more about Model Cornerstone Assessments.

  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Long Story Short
    Understanding that actors are storytellers, students will synthesize knowledge and personal experiences into a one to three minute original monologue which tells a story and perform the monologue as a staged reading or rehearsed performance.
  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Creating a Devised Play
    Students will work collaboratively to create a devised play or scene based on a contemporary photograph, and present the resulting script as a staged reading. Authors: Theatre Educator Matthew Moody with Julia Cuppy, La Jolla Playhouse
  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Greek Drama—Tragic Hero
    Students will study the traditional elements of Greek Drama. They will analyze the qualities of the heroes in the plays. Students will create a hero character and write a monologue for that character. Students will perform their monologue and reflect on their writing and performance.