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Close Reading in the Drama Classroom

Created by Lindsay Price

Close reading is an activity that puts curriculum standards into practice and it can be easily applied to the drama classroom.

Close reading asks a lot of your students. They have to read and think at the same time.

This course teaches drama teachers how the close reading process works, and gives them exercises and tools to apply it in the classroom.

11 Modules
3 hours, 38 minutes
7 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 15:03 FREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1: Be Prepared 22:14 FREE PREVIEW
This module answers questions like: What is Close Reading? What is its purpose? And what are the steps of Close Reading?
Lesson 1A: Being the Preparedest 12:55
In module 1A you’ll learn the final step to Close Reading - questions. Questions are key to Close Reading since they allow students to demonstrate comprehension.
Lesson 2: Pre-Study Exercises 27:56
This module is all about pre-study exercises such as how to Close Read a picture, a title and a sentence as a way to prepare your students to Close Read something more complicated.
Lesson 3: Modelling 37:26
You'll learn about modelling the process and how it helps your students approach Close Reading. In addition to using a monologue to model the process, you'll also learn some culminating activities.
Lesson 4: Shakespeare 29:34
In this module, you’ll learn the guidelines and steps to Close Reading Shakespeare. You’ll also Close Read the prologue to Romeo and Juliet.
Lesson 4A: Shakespeare Continued 21:00
You’ll continue on with the Close Reading of Shakespeare as you Close Read the Sampson and Gregory scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Lesson 5: Modern 14:18
In this module you’ll learn pre-study exercises and step through the Close Reading process with an Early Modern play - The Importance of Being Earnest.
Lesson 6: Modern Continued 22:24
Continuing on with the Modern era, you’ll Close Read an absurd play: The Bald Soprano and a teen issue play: Censorbleep.
Lesson 7: Exercises 6:18
You’ll learn even more exercises that will serve as exercises for your students’ minds. These are exercises you can take immediately into the classroom.
Lesson 8: Assessment 8:52
You’ll address assessment of Close Reading by seeking the answers to the following questions: How do you assess something that is by and large a process? How do you assess something that demands a student draw conclusions?

Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr4.1.HSI.a - Examine how character relationships assist in telling the story of a drama/theatre work.

Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade 6

TH:Cn11.2.6.b - Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade 7

TH:Cn11.2.7.a - Research and discuss how a playwright might have intended a drama/theatre work to be produced.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.a - Use repetition and analysis in order to revise devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cn11.2.HSII.b - Explore how personal beliefs and biases can affect the interpretation of research data applied in drama/theatre work.

Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cn11.2.HSIII.b - Present and support an opinion about the social, cultural, and historical understandings of a drama/theatre work, based on critical research.

Common Core

California VAPA Standards (2019)

Prof.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

Prof.TH:Pr4.a - Examine how character relationships assist in telling the story of a drama/theatre work.

6.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

6.TH:Cn11.2.b - Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

7.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

7.TH:Cn11.2.a - Research and discuss how a playwright might have intended a drama/theatre work to be produced.

Acc.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Acc.TH:Cn11.2.b - Investigate how personal beliefs and biases can affect the interpretation of research data applied in drama/theatre work.

Adv.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Adv.TH:Cn11.2.b - Present and support an opinion about the social, cultural, and historical understandings of a drama/theatre work, based on critical research.

Florida Sunshine State Standards

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts

North Carolina Essential Standards

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Alberta, Canada

Theatre Studies Level II - Intermediate (Theatre History)

6 - show awareness of selected periods and playwrights

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 7 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Describe, interpret and respond to works of art

GRADE 8 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Describe, interpret and respond to works of art

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Reasoning and reflecting

Receive, offer, and apply constructive feedback

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Describe, analyze, and respond using drama-specific language

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

Ontario, Canada

Grade 11 - Reflecting, Responding and Analyzing - The Critical Analysis Process

B.1.2 - analyse drama works to determine how they communicate ideas about issues, culture, and society

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