English Language Arts Grade 9-10
Reading: Literature Standard 6
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Being in the Noh: An Introduction to Two Japanese Noh Plays
This lesson provides an introduction to the elements of Noh plays. Using the text of two plays, it allows students to compare the conventions of the Noh play with other dramatic forms with which they may already be familiar, such as the Ancient Greek dramas of Sophocles. By reading classic examples of Noh plays, such as Atsumori, students will learn to identify the structure, characters, style, and stories typical to this form of drama. Students will expand their grasp of these conventions by using them to write the introduction to a Noh play of their own.
Lessons of the Indian Epics: Following the Dharma
The epic poem Ramayana is thought to have been composed more than 2,500 years ago, and like The Iliad and The Odyssey, was originally transmitted orally by bards. This lesson will introduce students to the Indian concept of dharma ("right behavior") through a reading of Ramayana.
Live From Antiquity!
Ancient languages are the deepest root of the humanities, drawing life from that distant time when the study of history, philosophy, literature, and of language itself began. The goals of this lesson plan are to gain an appreciation for Greek drama through study of a play by Sophocles; to explore the cultural and historical context of Greek drama and its role in Greek society; to reconstruct the experience of seeing a Greek drama performed and share that experience in an imaginative report.
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