The Acting Classroom


Launching in 2018, the Theatrical Education Group is proud to announce The Acting Classroom! Designed for theatre educators, we offer free lessons on theatre theory, theatre practice and theatre history. Explore a wide variety of study materials including lesson plans, videos, handouts, quizzes and exams!

Our lessons feature constructivist, hands-on learning activities and exercises in conjunction with tradtional lectures on theory and historical foundations. Furthermore, all of the lessons provided through The Acting Classroom are fully aligned with Common Core Standards to ensure vertical and horizontal integration with your existing curriculum.

LESSONS


Want a sneak peak at The Acting Classroom before it launches? Below, we've posted four units from our free lesson materials which you'll be able to download and use immediately in the classroom. Each of the articles listed here provides students with an opportunity to engage in close reading of informational text to help ensure that your students are ready for the Common Core State Standards!

SHAKESPEARE'S LIFE

Who was William Shakespeare? Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest playwrights, his contribution to the theatre has had a tremendous influence on actors, directors, writers, designers, producers and audiences across the globe. In this lesson, you’ll uncover the man behind the legend!

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SHAKESPEARE'S THEATRE

What did theatres look like during Shakespeare’s life? How did the nobility aid in the establishment of theatre companies at the end of the 16th century? This lesson analyzes the origins of permanent theatres in England in the late 1500s and the acting companies which built them.

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SHAKESPEARE'S POETRY

What is iambic pentameter? How does Shakespeare use poetic devices to bring his characters to life on the stage? With this lesson, you’ll discover the answers to these questions as you examine how Shakespeare utilized blank verse, prose and poetic constructs in his plays!

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SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS

This unit explores all of the scenes presented at Shakespearience with lesson materials on Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each module contains a scene synopsis, an extensive vocabulary list and a character breakdown.

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