Theater Arts Lesson and Study Guide | Les Miserables Broadway Musical

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Want to study a classic in an unusual way? Les Misérables is a sung-through musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the story of the June rebellion of 1832, an uprising in Paris against the rule of King Louis-Philippe, fuelled by economic hardship and a cholera epidemic. It was quashed, and is remembered mainly for its inclusion in Hugo's novel. 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 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 a language arts or world history 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!
  • Photos of Les Miserables
  • Synopsis of the Musical
  • Plot of the Musical--comprehensive and detailed
  • Short Biography about the creative team of Cameron Mackintosh, the producer and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Biography focused on the author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  • Why is Les Miserables considered an opera and not a musical?
  • 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 Les Miserables
  • Teacher Note Page Key
  • Fascinating Trivia about Broadway and Les Miserables
  • 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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Total Pages
74 pages
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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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