Theater Arts Lesson| Oklahoma! The Broadway Musical Study Guide

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This is a great activity that really keeps students engaged and working collaboratively. Very thorough and well thought out. Thank you!
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This one or two-day lesson (50 pages) and study guide focuses on the beloved and ground breaking Broadway musical, Oklahoma! Set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry. Students have an opportunity to study its journey to Broadway, plot, creative team, songs, composers, plot, trivia, etc.

The lesson can stand alone or be combined with one of my Famous Artist Biographies Hugh Jackman or Ali Stroker for example) or other musical lessons (Hamilton or Wicked)

Need a quick emergency lesson plan? Or one for a substitute?

HOW DO I USE THIS LESSON IN MY CLASSROOM? A drama, music or language arts class would enjoy this lesson. Everything is provided for the teacher to have a successful, fun and engaging lesson!

This Product includes:

  • Letter to Teacher
  • Two Warm Ups--My Own Version of this Popular Exercise--
  • Teacher's Script--What I Say and How I Say it!
  • Land Rush of 1886 History
  • Photos of Oklahoma!
  • Synopsis of the Musical
  • Plot of the Musical--comprehensive and detailed
  • Short Biography about the creative team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
  • Separate File of Photos for Teacher's Use in Lecture
  • History about the Origination of the Production
  • AND a Mini-Lesson on What are the Tony Awards?
  • List of Tony Awards
  • New York City Map with Competing Theaters Labeled
  • Student Note Page for Oklahoma!
  • Teacher Note Page Key
  • Fascinating Trivia about Broadway and Oklahoma!
  • Songs List
  • Extension Activities--Ten Terrific Assignment Suggestions to Secure the Learning and Enrich the Experience either Individual or Group
  • Sources & Links to Film Clips from the Show
  • And More!

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In the Heights, Google Classroom

"Fabulous unit on this musical. The students really enjoyed it! And it sure helped me that it was digital. Thanks. "

Lin Manuel Miranda

“WOW! WHAT an AWESOME Resource!!!! Thanks for providing the questions, the links, a couple of different teaching options. This could be a great sub plan, but I know every teacher wants to do this lesson for themselves. Love that you finished with a great tweet from L M Miranda. Kids are gonna love THIS!”

Set Design, High School Level

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50 pages
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Teaching Duration
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By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
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