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Part of the Drama One Curriculum

Japanese Theatre

Created 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.

Standards Addressed

Unit Overview
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.
Additional Attachments
1: Noh Theatre
Students are introduced to Noh Theatre.Students participate in an exercise to develop their understanding of ritual movements.
2: Bunraku
Students are introduced to Bunraki Theatre. Students perform a performance exercise (Human Puppets). A performance rubric is included.
3: Kabuki
Students are introduced to the Kabuki Theatre. Students participate in a Kabuki Walk exercise.
Attachments
4: Research Assignment
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.
5: Kyogen Performance Project
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.
6: Bunraku Performance Project
Alternatively, students can perform a Bunraku puppet play. A peer feedback sheet is included.

Standards Addressed

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