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Drama & Theater Resources for Teachers

Incorporate the study of drama and theater in your classroom, whether you're teaching literature, science, or social studies. We have printables, lessons, and activities all about this fascinating topic. We have teacher's guides to Shakespeare's plays, activities to connect drama with reading Harry Potter books, printables to encourage students to keep journals as they read plays, lessons connecting science and social studies to the subject of drama, Readers Theater activities and lesson plans, and much more! Your students will enjoy studying plays when they can act them out and complete extension activities with them. Reciting plays not only improves students' reading skills, but their public speaking skills as well. There are a lot of benefits to the use of drama in the classroom.

Shakespeare Teacher's Guides

Romeo and Juliet - A Guide to Using This Resource
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
Othello Curriculum Guide
Hamlet Curriculum Guide
Macbeth Curriculum Guide
A Midsummer Night's Dream Curriculum Guide
Romeo and Juliet Curriculum Guide
Twelfth Night Curriculum Guide
Henry IV, Part 1 Curriculum Guide
Romeo and Juliet - Romeo Act I Guide to Character Development
More Shakespeare Resources

Harry Potter Activities

Write a Harry Potter Script
More Harry Potter Resources

Readers Theater

Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time Reader's Theater
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
Readers Theater Script: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
Readers Theater Sample Script
Social Studies Readers Theater
Readers Theater Script: The House of Sixty Fathers
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Reader's Theater
Floridious Bloom and the Planet of Gloom Readers Theater
Readers Theater Script: Zia
Readers Theater Script: The Drinking Gourd
Readers Theater Script: Journey Home

Printables

Matilda Common Core Lesson Plans
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Comprehension Test B
Family Finger Plays
Shakespeare's Globe Theater
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
Scoring Rubric: Drama
More Popular Drama Printables

Music & Drama Connected

Spanish and Latino Influence on Music and Dance
Backyardigans Finger Puppets
Creating Opera

Science & Drama Connected

The Snow Kids
The Incredible Water Show Activity Kit

Social Studies & Drama Connected

The Tempest
The Miracle Worker
Ellis Island
The Taming of the Shrew
Teacher's Guide to Studying Shakespeare
African-American Influence on Music and Dance
Pygmalion Teacher's Guide
Twelfth Night
Pulitzer Prize in Drama Winners
A Play about Sacagawea

Literature & Drama Connected

A Raisin in the Sun
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Projects
Romeo and Juliet
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- Newspaper Ad
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Comprehension Test C
Othello
More Popular Literature & Drama Resources

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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