This is in direct connection to the version that is in the Holt McDougal Literature Textbook for 8th Grade, but can be used with almost any version. (Simply change the line numbers for your version).
Stage Directions Analysis
Stage directions are when the playwright gives cues in the text on how the cast should act a specific line, how the setting/scene changes, or other directions of how to act out the play.
There are 3 main reasons why a playwright includes STAGE DIRECTIONS into a play:
1. To help us understand the character’s feelings and personality.
2. To help set up the setting of that particular moment.
3. To set the mood of what the reader should be feeling.
The students will use the guided outline to analyze the use of stage directions as used in this play. They will choose between character, setting, and mood, and then they will explain how that particular stage direction/line impacts the plot of the play.
Also added is the comprehension questions for the students to discuss or short answer respond to at the end of the play!