Medieval Theatre Created by Beth Lloyd Lowe Unit Objective

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After the performances are through, ask the students to get out a piece of paper and assess their group in writing. What went well in the final performance? What went wrong? How well did the group work together to portray the play’s message? How could the group have worked better? How did I contribute to this scene? How could I have contributed more to this scene?

  • Collect these assessments and use them to help with grading the scenes. Give each student who turns in a thoughtful self assessment 10 points.


Give the students time to study for a short quiz at the end of the period. Tell them to study their notes on Medieval theatre.

  • Quiz: 1. What is a Morality play? (a play that teaches the audience how to live their lives and how to be a good Catholic)

  • 2. Which Medieval play category would a play about Adam and Eve fit into? (Mystery)

  • 3. Which Medieval play category tells the stories of the Saints? (Miracle)

  • 4. Why did the Catholic Church ban the theatre? (because they believed it to be immoral – especially all of the violence shown onstage)

  • 5. Why did the Catholic Church bring theatre back? (because they recognized that theatre is an effective teaching tool, and because the common Catholics had no idea what they were supposed to do or not do and plays were a simple fix)

    • Collect these and grade them out of 5 – 1 point per question.

Medieval Theatre Playwright Evaluation

Name: _________________

Score: /10
Does the play contain exactly two characters? 2 points


Do the characters have conflicting goals? 2 points


Is the dialogue carefully crafted with subtext and variation? 6 points


Medieval Theatre Actor Evaluation

Name: ________________

Score: /10
Is the actor portraying their character’s goal effectively? 2 points


Is the actor using the subtext provided by the playwright to help tell the story? 2 points


Is the actor working to portray the message the playwright intended? 6 points


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