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Hands-On Theatre History: Creating a Modern Day Morality Play

Created by Wendy-Marie Martin

Who says theatre history has to be boring? Hands-On Theatre History: Creating a Modern Day Morality play is an interactive course by Wendy-Marie Martin, combining hands-on activities with research and analysis techniques leading to a full performance of the popular medieval morality play, Everyman.

This course gives students an overview of the medieval period and the various medieval play forms and teaches students the key points of storytelling and adaptation.

It includes dynamic individual and group exercises leading students from the first steps of the adaptation process through a final, full-class performance of Everyman—and proves, once and for all, that theatre history can be fun and exciting to learn.

11 Modules
1 hours, 25 minutes
3 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 8:06 FREE PREVIEW
This lesson introduces the material and breaks down the individual lessons that make up the course.
Lesson 1A: Interactive Overview 10:53 FREE PREVIEW
Lesson 01A will focus on creating an interactive opportunity for students to gain an overview of the medieval period and the play forms found in medieval theatre.
Lesson 1B: Politics and Play Forms 6:42
Lesson 01B takes students through a series of group activities centered around key events and figures of the medieval period as they create a classroom timeline together.
Lesson 2: Introduction to Everyman 7:07
In this lesson, students will be introduced to Everyman, the medieval morality play they’ll be adapting during this course.
Lesson 3A: Deconstructing Everyman, Part 1 10:27
Lessons 03A through 03C takes students through a series of interactive group exercises that help them to deconstruct and analyze the play scene by scene. These lessons focus on the playwright’s intention and the storytelling components of the play.
Lesson 3B: Deconstructing Everyman, Part 2 8:24
Lessons 03A through 03C takes students through a series of interactive group exercises that help them to deconstruct and analyze the play scene by scene. These lessons focus on the playwright’s intention and the storytelling components of the play.
Lesson 3C: Deconstructing Everyman, Part 3 7:58
Lessons 03A through 03C takes students through a series of interactive group exercises that help them to deconstruct and analyze the play scene by scene. These lessons focus on the playwright’s intention and the storytelling components of the play.
Lesson 4A: Adapting Everyman, Part 1 8:28
In lessons 04A and 04B, students look at ways to spark creative ideas and get students writing. Using prompt-based writing exercises, students are given a low-stakes opportunity to take their first shot at adapting a scene from the play.
Lesson 4B: Adapting Everyman, Part 2 6:57
In lessons 04A and 04B, teachers will look at ways to spark creative ideas and get students writing. Using prompt-based writing exercises, students are given a low-stakes opportunity to take their first shot at adapting a scene from the play.
Lesson 5: Revisions and Rehearsals 6:33
Lesson 5 gives students time to rehearse and make any final script changes.
Lesson 6: Performance 3:29
Students share their Everyman scene adaptations in order, creating a full-class collaborative performance of the play.

Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr4.1.7.a - Consider various staging choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.b - Use researched technical elements to increase the impact of design for a drama/theatre production.

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

TH:Cn11.1.HSI.a - Explore how cultural, global, and historic belief systems affect creative choices in a drama/theatre work.

Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 6

TH:Pr6.1.6.a - Adapt a drama/theatre work and present it informally for an audience.

Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 7

TH:Pr6.1.7.a - Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

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.

Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 8

TH:Pr6.1.8.a - Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.

Common Core

California VAPA Standards (2019)

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

7.TH:Pr4.a - Consider various staging choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.

Prof.TH:Cn11.1 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Prof.TH.Cn11.1.a - Explore how cultural, global, and historic belief systems affect creative choices in a drama/theatre work.

6.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

6.TH:Pr6 - Adapt a piece of literature and present it for an audience.

7.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

67TH:Pr6 - Create through improvisation a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

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.

8.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

8.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted scene from a drama/theatre work for an audience.

Florida Sunshine State Standards

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts

North Carolina Essential Standards

Intermediate High School Standards - Communication

I.C.1.3 - Produce scripts based on literature texts.

Advanced High School Standards - Communication

A.C.2.2 - Interpret scripts through formal and informal presentations.

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.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

MS 117.212 LII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.F - analyze and evaluate the structure and form of dramatic literature.

HS 117.316 LII - Historical and cultural relevance

C.4.A - analyze historical and cultural influences on theatre.

HS 117.317 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.D - analyze and evaluate dramatic structure and genre.

HS 117.317 LIII - Historical and cultural relevance

C.4.A - evaluate historical and cultural influences on theatre.

Alberta, Canada

Theatre Studies Drama 10 (Greek, Medieval or Elizabethan, and Canadian)

1 - recognize theatre has evolved as a traditional art form

Theatre Studies Drama 30 (Early or Middle or Late drama)

4 - recognize dramatic structure of a play

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - Properties

1 - demonstrate understanding of the purpose of stage properties

Improvisation/Acting Level III - Advanced

26 - pick up cues effectively

32 - rehearse, polish and present text

Theatre Studies Level II - Intermediate (Theatre History)

6 - show awareness of selected periods and playwrights

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada

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