Drama Lesson Plans

In response to a recent comment on The Drama Teacher by Lauren, a practicum teacher, I thought I’d post my favourite resource site on the web for drama/theatre lesson plans. As it has been a long time since I have written formal lesson plans of my own for teaching, it might be best if I stick with the work of others on this occasion 🙂

ArtsEdge is probably the best resource site for drama/theatre lesson plans in terms of both quality and quantity. Each lesson plan (or unit of lessons) is comprehensive, uniformly structured and linked to US curriculum standards. Searching for lesson plans on this website can also be filtered by grade bands K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

All lesson plans at ArtsEdge follow this structure:

  • lesson overview
  • length of lesson
  • instructional objectives
  • supplies
  • instructional plan
  • assessment
  • extension
  • sources

Lessons are contributed by education professionals from a variety of American schools, listed below each plan.

Sample lesson plan topics in drama/theatre at ArtsEdge include;

  • characters
  • melodrama
  • musicals
  • structure
  • famous plays and playwrights
  • myths, fables and folktales
  • culture
  • costume
  • themed units
  • history
  • Shakespeare
  • musical composers
  • puppetry … and more

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