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Each lesson plan listing below includes the target grades, the title, a summary of the activity, and the Arts Toolkit resource used. Click on the title for the full lesson plan.

Primary

K-3 Creating Props
Students create a stick horse and role-play selling it to Toad.
Video: Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse

K-4 Pantomime
Students pantomime a scene from Pinocchio.
Video: Pinocchio

K-5 Creating Costume Vests
Students create paper vests that suit the characters of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Otter. They use science skills to investigate the real-life animals and literary skills to analyze the fictional characters.
Video: Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse

1-3 Reading Dramatic Parts
After viewing the story of “The Cat and the Rat,” students will retell the story as a dramatic reading. Students will create characters through vocal expression.
Video: Cat and Rat

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Intermediate

K-4 Pantomime
Students pantomime a scene from Pinocchio.
Video: Pinocchio

K-5 Creating Costume Vests
Students create paper vests that suit the characters of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Otter. They use science skills to investigate the real-life animals and literary skills to analyze the fictional characters.
Video: Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse

4-8 Comparing Technical Elements
Students compare two dramatic excerpts and plan a production of a folktale, legend, or fable.
Video: The Buzzard and the Monkey
Video: Wind in the Willows: The Motor Car
Video: Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse

5 Theater Jobs and Drama Elements
Students electronically visit a Kentucky theater company and explore jobs and drama elements.
Video: Electronic Field Trip to Horse Cave Theatre

5-8 Characterization and Culture
Students analyze a storytelling performance and create their own.
Video: The Buzzard and the Monkey

5-8 Character
Students analyze two scenes from The Great Gilly Hopkins and write their own scripts based on a short scene from the novel.
Video: The Great Gilly Hopkins

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Middle

4-8 Comparing Technical Elements
Students compare two dramatic excerpts and plan a production of a folktale, legend, or fable.
Video: The Buzzard and the Monkey
Video: Wind in the Willows: The Motor Car
Video: Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse

5-8 Characterization and Culture
Students analyze a storytelling performance and create their own.
Video: The Buzzard and the Monkey

5-8 Character
Students analyze two scenes from The Great Gilly Hopkins and write their own scripts based on a short scene from the novel.
Video: The Great Gilly Hopkins

6-8 Elements of Drama
Students explore plot development and rising action, turning point, and falling action by viewing a short play written and performed by high school students.
Video: Basics

6-8 Comparing Literary Elements of Drama
Students watch two video excerpts from dramatic performances and compare character development, plot development, conflict, and resolution in the two pieces.
Video: Basics
Video: The Great Gilly Hopkins

6-8 Theater Careers and Elements of Drama
Students explore jobs in the theater and how those jobs are interconnected in preparing for and presenting a dramatic production.
Video: Electronic Field Trip to Horse Cave Theatre

6-8 Exploring Technical Elements
Students explore the use of an element of drama in a theatrical production and collaborate to share their findings on a poster.
Video: Frankenstein

6-8 Performance Spaces and the Production Process
Students learn how a performing arts center operates and the process of creating a performance.
Video: Electronic Field Trip to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

7-12 Characteristics of Greek Theater
Students explore Greek drama, research Greek playwrights and plays, and present scenes from Greek plays.
Video: Greek Theater: Oedipus
Video: Introduction to Greek Drama

8-12 Character Motivation
Students analyze one of Shakespeare’s protagonists/antagonists and present a monologue or video to demonstrate a personal interpretation of character motivation and experience.
Video: Shakespeare: Scene from Hamlet
Video: Shakespeare: Scene from Much Ado About Nothing

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The following lesson plans are not part of the Arts Toolkit:

7-12 African Character Sketch
A step-by-step personal narrative relating to the African oral tradition.

7-12 An Experiment in Class Consciousness
Much of the world’s greatest literature had its genesis in struggles for equality between the classes. This lesson demonstrates to students how much of one’s station in society depends on chance.
Video: Words Like Freedom/Sturdy Black Bridges

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High

7-12 Characteristics of Greek Theater
Students explore Greek drama, research Greek playwrights and plays, and present scenes from Greek plays.
Video: Greek Theater: Oedipus
Video: Introduction to Greek Drama

8-12 Character Motivation
Students analyze one of Shakespeare’s protagonists/antagonists and present a monologue or video to demonstrate a personal interpretation of character motivation and experience.
Video: Shakespeare: Scene from Hamlet
Video: Shakespeare: Scene from Much Ado About Nothing

9-12 Achieving Effects with Set, Lights, and Sound
Students analyze the use of set, lights, and sound in a play and create a set, lighting, and sound design to interpret another dramatic work.
Video: Frankenstein

9-12 Creating a Historical Setting
Students analyze and evaluate how production elements can create a historical setting.
Video: Frankenstein

9-12 Analyzing a Soliloquy
Students analyze a famous Shakespearean soliloquy for meaning, language, and context and select and perform a Shakespearean soliloquy.
Video: Shakespeare: Scene from Hamlet

9-12 Exploring Careers in Theater
Students discuss lessons learned from the lives of Kentucky playwrights Marsha Norman and George C. Wolfe and, following the playwrights’ advice, draw from their own life experiences to develop short plays.
Video: On Directing: George C. Wolfe
Video: Playwriting: Marsha Norman

9-12 Exploring History Through Poetry
Students research the historical references in “Alabama Centennial” and create an informational presentation explaining the references in the poem.
Video: Words Like Freedom

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The following lesson plans are not part of the Arts Toolkit:

7-12 African Character Sketch
A step-by-step personal narrative relating to the African oral tradition.

7-12 An Experiment in Class Consciousness
Much of the world’s greatest literature had its genesis in struggles for equality between the classes. This lesson demonstrates to students how much of one’s station in society depends on chance.
Video: Words Like Freedom/Sturdy Black Bridges

9-12 Travel Greece—and Send Your Teacher the Bill
This extensive Internet research project brings students in contact with all aspects of trip planning and financing and is useful in the study of Greek culture and arts.

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