Objective: Many students have not read or understood many plays, therefore, it is important for them to learn about the structure of a play before they can understand The Odd Couple. In this lesson, the students describe and analyze the basic structure of a play.
1) Class Discussion: How does Neil Simon split the play into sections? What is the different between an act and a scene?
2) Writing Assignment: Research why plays are broken up into acts and scenes, and the proper way to cite an act and scene in writing. How many acts and scenes are in The Odd Couple?
3) Pairs Activity: List the acts and scenes in The Odd Couple, and summarize what happens in the first scene. Discuss what this structure tells you about the play.
4) For Homework: Are TV shows broken up into acts and scenes? Find a TV show with a similar act...
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