Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus

Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
Practice with Persuasion—Deception in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
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In 2017 there have been two major revivals of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. First, the National Theatre of England has put on a version of the play with a live orchestra on stage that will be broadcast live in movie theatres around the world. The L.A. Theatre works also has an audio version of the play, performed in front of a live audience, available to stream with the link provided in the resource.

The beauty of this resource is that all film and audio clips, discussions, and exercises lead to the students mastering the written assessment. It is designed to help teachers easily and flawlessly get students to succeed in writing successfully on the theme of deception in Amadeus. There is enough material here available to use without having to read the play—though it is an amazing play to be read by your classes.

There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the motivations of the character of Salieri in Amadeus. The resource features a link to the 2016 AP Literature prompt.

Also, there is an opportunity to closely read three clusters of scenes from the play with the chance to match the text to the audio and a live stage performance from Houston, Texas in 2009. A film clip the 1984 film is used as well as an interview with Lucian Msamati (of Game of Thrones fame) on Amadeus, his role preparing as Salieri, jealousy, and deception.

Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.

Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, British Literature, classical music, Mozart, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom


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18 pages
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Teaching Duration
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