To become involved in one of ancient Greece’s favorite pastimes.
2 class periods
This neat activity begins by reading with the class a brief introduction about how the theater brought people together in Athens to witness plays called comedies and tragedies.
Each student is then given the assignment of assuming they are one of the leading playwrights of ancient Greece who has decided to write a play for the upcoming festival in Athens. The play will either be a comedy or tragedy, and deal with one of several subjects listed on the lesson page, such as warfare, education, government officials, etc.
It is important to make sure class members understand the idea of character parts and the organization of a play. More tips and guidelines to help students complete this assignment are provided in the directions for the assignment.
Plays can be completed for homework. You can advise interested students that if they wish to have their play read in class, they should choose willing people for the parts.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions with much more information about how best to conduct this lesson are included.