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This comical play and song (based on an Italian folk tale) is suitable whether studying folk tales, the Italian culture or in a drama class. Students strengthen their reading (fluency), speaking (diction) and listening skills (restating) while learning to work cooperatively. The central themes include generosity, laziness and selfishness. Based on an Italian folk tale, students have an opportunity to:

  • create comical characters--stereotypes in particular
  • use movement to explore ideas and themes
  • sing a song in unison
  • choral speaking
  • develop a theatrical piece with peers

This product comes with:

  • a warm up focused on the objective of a character
  • procedure or rehearsal schedule
  • teacher's script--how I say it and what I say
  • information about the translator/author,
  • the original folk tale--gives the students a nice opportunity to discuss comparison and contrast
  • six page script complete with stage and blocking directions (to help you stage your performance)
  • tips and advice
  • discussion questions (post performance) with a quick art assignment
  • costume suggestions
  • original songs, written especially for this play--plenty of fun for everyone!
  • an alternate set of lyrics in Italian for the song!
  • sound bytes which can be used as accompaniment or for rehearsing the songs
  • stage properties list--including how to create each prop
  • sound effects list
  • costume suggestions
  • Italian words for the days of the week, including pronunciation
  • sources

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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