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Close Reading in the Drama Classroom

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.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Introduction to Close Reading

by Lindsay Price

Students will work on their critical thinking skills through close reading. Teachers will first model the technique with a sentence, students will practice the technique in groups and then apply their knowledge with a close reading of a monologue. This lesson comes with an individual assignment and close reading handout.

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Close Reading: 21st Century Issue Play

by Lindsay Price

Close reading is a text-dependent analysis tool that allows students to read a text for in-depth comprehension. Students focus on the text to understand what’s being said, how it’s being said, and why. In this lesson, students will close read a teen issue play: Censorbleep by Lindsay Price. Reading something that was written specifically for them may help students connect to the analysis process.

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Close Reading: Early Modern

by Lindsay Price

In this lesson, we will close read sections of an early modern text: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. This play fits the criteria well for a close read text: Lots of details both in story and character, lots of structural “hows” to analyze, and Oscar Wilde makes a lot of statements with this play about Victorian England, about how people behave, about marriage, and about being truthful (earnest).

Students will approach the text through a variety of exercises, from close reading the title, to single sentences, to a small section, to a culminating assignment.

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Close Reading: Monologue

by Lindsay Price

Close reading is a text-dependent analysis tool that allows students to read a text for in-depth comprehension. Students focus on the text to understand what’s being said, how it’s being said, and why. In this lesson, students will use this analysis technique on a monologue. They will go through
the process on a model and then apply what they have learned in a culminating activity.

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Close Reading: Shakespeare

by Lindsay Price

Close reading is a text-dependent analysis tool that allows students to read a text for in-depth comprehension. Students focus on the text to understand what’s being said, how it’s being said, and why. This tool can be an excellent method for getting students to connect to Shakespeare. Where students take a left turn with understanding Shakespeare is that they can’t see past the language. They can’t see using the same tools analyzing a Shakespeare play as they would a modern play. So use close reading to break the language down, move past it, and treat Shakespeare like a modern
text.

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Resources

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Close Reading Pre-Study Exercise

Use this close reading pre-study exercise for in-depth comprehension.

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Drama Teacher Tune-Up 2

Our second Drama Teacher Tune Up!

We look at including mask work in the classroom, Shakespeare, Close Reading, and Classroom Management..

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Scenes for Classroom Study: Beauty and the Bee

Use this scene in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and however else you can imagine.
Characters: Catherine (17) and Cossett (14)
Genre: Comedy

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Close Reading Rubric

Use this rubric to assess close reading activities.

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One Question and a Rubric: Close Reading

Have students demonstrate their close reading skills with these worksheets.

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