Society continues to debate the role of science, truth and scientists who challenge the status quo. Just like climate scientists today, Galileo fought a similar fight during his time.In Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, the story of the Renaissance era astronomer written by a cold war era playwright feels like it could have been written today. Combining politics, moral values and scientific advancement, the play will engage today's student.
The Common Core advocates that challenging and rigorous texts be integrated into English classes. This play's inclusion in European Literature, AP Literature or World Literature would be a valuable addition.
The packet contains a 63-question scene-by-scene study guide plus a detailed answer and discussion key. Extensive links include: the audio play, two versions of the text of the play, a 1975 film, a timeline, a PBS documentary about Galileo, a song, art, an opera, a scientific experiment based on one of Galileo's, notes on theater techniques, a quiz, a sample essay and a link to a College Board essay prompt with a grading rubric. Common Core standards that apply to the teaching and study of the play follow the resource links.
Keywords: AP Literature, Brecht, epic theater, alienation, German and European literature, science, astronomy, Common Core, synthesis, drama