Medieval Theatre Created by Beth Lloyd Lowe Unit Objective

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Essential Questions:

How can theatre be perceived as immoral?

Why do we do theatre?

Why should we respect the intent and wishes of a playwright when we perform their play?

How should you start writing a play?
Enduring Understandings:

The arts need advocates to survive.

There is something about theatre that keeps it around throughout time.

Playwriting is more than just coming up with a story and writing it in dialogue form.

Key Knowledge and Skills:

The Catholic Church banned theatre in the Medieval period and then brought it back in order to teach the people the stories and correct behaviors of the church.

How to write a play that is compelling and realistic.

How to respect a playwright’s wishes when performing their work.

Authentic Performance Tasks:

Explanation: Discussions, debate, some of the quiz questions

Interpretation: Debate, putting a play up on its feet, finding the messages in Everyman

Application: Writing their own plays, performing their own plays

Perspective: Looking at why they agree and disagree with the Catholic Church’s decision that theatre is immoral, debating both sides of the issue

Empathy: Understanding why the Catholic Church decided to ban theatre, and why they decided to bring it back, having respect for the playwright and performing the play according to their writing and wishes

Self-Understanding: Completing a self-assessment after the final performance, examining their reasons for doing theatre and expressing them to others
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