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UNIT

Japanese Theatre

by Karen Loftus

This unit will enable students to identify, compare, and contrast three different styles of Japanese Theatre: Noh, Bunraku, and Kabuki. There are three proposed projects in this unit: a research assignment where groups delve into further detail about one of the three styles; a performance project where students utilize what they’ve learned by enacting a scene from a Kyogen (comedic) play; and a Bunraku puppet play.

The unit comes with a Google Slide Deck to help students visualize the information. Please refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Noh Theatre

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to Noh Theatre.Students participate in an exercise to develop their understanding of ritual movements.

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LESSON PLAN

Bunraku

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to Bunraki Theatre. Students perform a performance exercise (Human Puppets). A performance rubric is included.

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LESSON PLAN

Kabuki

by Karen Loftus

Students are introduced to the Kabuki Theatre. Students participate in a Kabuki Walk exercise.

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LESSON PLAN

Research Assignment

by Karen Loftus

This assignment is designed to allow students to delve further into the 3 styles of Japanese theatre introduced in this unit. An assignment handout and assessment rubric are included.

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LESSON PLAN

Kyogen Performance Project

by Karen Loftus

Students will perform a scene from a Kyogen play in the Kabuki style. Exit slips, a peer feedback sheet, and a performance rubric are included.

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LESSON PLAN

Bunraku Performance Project

by Karen Loftus

Alternatively, students can perform a Bunraku puppet play. A peer feedback sheet is included.

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