Lesson 1 (from Act 1, Scene 1, Part 1)
In this lesson plan, students will study dramatic form, analyze the play’s main characters, themes, and stylistic elements, and explore its plot structure. This lesson introduces students to dramatic form. Students will examine and discuss the stage directions, production history, and setting for Between Riverside and Crazy. Between Riverside and Crazy is a 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The play’s narrative centers on Walter “Pops” Washington, a retired African American New York City police officer, and his struggles against eviction, grief, and family conflict.
Class Discussion: As a class, define and discuss the basic components of dramatic structure. Define the following terms and write them on the board: character, stage directions, props, setting, upstage, downstage, stage left, stage right, proscenium, dialogue, and production history. As a class, read aloud the stage directions prior to Act 1, Scene 1. How does the playwright describe...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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