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Medieval drama has never been this fun - share a taste of Medieval European culture and drama with your students, both middle school and secondary! With this purchase, you will receive BOTH the PLAY and lesson materials for a cross-curricular history and ELA experience.
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Students analyze a cultural experience reflected through this short work of literature (RL6). Check out the preview to read a page of the script!
This redo version of the original story (which is a religious morality play from the time) remains in script form, has modern trappings (to make it more relevant for teens), and is a little heavier on the comic side (to keep kids interested and engaged). Students are not expected to memorize their parts, they’ll read it as they perform it (yay readers' theater!). One of the most effective aspects of this piece is that it taps in to students’ emotional-cognitive brain connection which makes for a fun and very effective learning experience.
Allowing your students to perform rather than simply read a play brings a new dimension to a class study of a dramatic piece. When students get up and act out the parts for their audience –usually comprised of non-acting students in the class – it brings a sense of identifying with and ownership of their parts. They have a safe and small audience to perform in front of – which makes it real and more doable. Bring or encourage costumes, the use of musical instruments in the background, or sound effects, appoint a director if you like, create a lighting crew for act changes – they can even plan spotlighting particular lines using a couple of flashlights. Use a student cinematographer and/or photographer, if appropriate.
If you don’t have time for all or any of these ideas, it’s super easy and works great if students simply get up and perform their parts.
Using neon tape and/or running lights can edge your stage area and add a special exciting touch. Again, no preparation is fine as well. As you know, teens have active imaginations and have no trouble suspending their disbelief. Make it as simple or complex as you like. Just get ready for a wonderful day and experience for all. This will be one of those school experiences that makes memories for students – plus one that impart an on-the-spot sense of meaningfulness to you as their teacher. You DO make a difference in their lives every day!
Great for history class literacy cross-curriculum connection.
Grades 7 - 12
Includes Original Script Plus 3+ Days of Lesson Materials
Reader's Theatre, Junior High, Secondary Medieval Drama
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