Objective: Part 1 The style of this play will be largely unfamiliar to Western students. This lesson will focus on the structure of the classical Greek play and its place within the society of the day.
1) Class discussion - Open a discussion about what the students currently know about ancient Greek plays. What was the stage like? Were the theaters designed a specific way? Who could be the actors? Were women allowed to play roles onstage? What was the purpose of theater in ancient Greek society?
2) Groups - Have the students discuss the following: Do plays in modern society fill the same function, or does another medium fill that role? If another medium fills the role of live theater, what is it? What are the similarities and differences? Is the new medium as effective?
3) Individual - Write 2-3 paragraphs explaining why most ancient Greek plays revolved around a...
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