Part of the Drama Two Curriculum

Performing Shakespeare

Created by Matt Webster

In this unit, students are introduced to a series of lesson plans that explore non-traditional approaches to performing the works of William Shakespeare. By the end of the unit students will be exposed to a unique set of tools they can utilize as the foundations for analyzing, staging and performing a scene from Shakespeare’s canon. Students will then rehearse and perform a two-person Shakespearean scene.

The overview lays out the objectives, description, and lessons for the unit, including pre-knowledge requirements and review.
Additional Attachments
1: Shakespeare: Finding Emotion and Action in Text
Students will use textual analysis to explore how to uncover the clues that Shakespeare left in his text. They will apply this knowledge to a monologue.
2: Shakespeare: Tableaux
Students interact with Shakespeare’s language out of context to create expressive tableaux that tell a simple unrelated story.
3: Acting Shakespeare Style
Students will perform a modern scene the same way that Shakespearean actors performed text. They will also compare and contrast the experience to preparing a scene for class.
4: Shakespeare Setting and Soundscape
Students work together to create and explore an obstacle-course setting and soundscape for one of Shakespeare’s plays.
5: Unit Project: Performing a Shakespearean Scene
Students analyze, rehearse, and perform Shakespearean scenes using the concepts introduced over the course of the unit.

Standards Addressed

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