Lesson 1 (from Act I, Scenes 1 - 7)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a dramatic work by Jack Thorne. In the opening scene, the playwright, through stage directions and dialogue, establishes the setting of King’s Cross, a crowded train station in England, and introduces several main characters, including Harry and Ginny Potter and their three children. The focus of this lesson is on introducing students to dramatic structure. Students will research the history of the Harry Potter novel series, identify the main components of dramatic form, read and discuss Act I, Scene 1, and examine the reviews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London from July, 2016.
Class Discussion: As a class, define and discuss the structural components of dramatic works. Consider the following as a suggested list of terms to define: stage directions, character breakdowns, dialogue, upstage, downstage, stage-left, stage-right, properties, setting, lighting design, costume...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.6, 9-10.9, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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