Lesson 1 (from Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Acts 1-15)
In this lesson, focus on Acts 1 and 2 and the introduction of the characters in the play--Bernie, Danny, Deborah, and Joan. They are each introduced with very specific character traits which should be discussed.
1) Class Activity: Read the first two acts of the play. Choose students to play each character and someone to read the stage directions.
2) Class Discussion: After reading the first two scenes, what can we gather about the setting of the play (i.e., time, place, etc)?
3) Group Activity: Using Venn diagrams, make a list of character traits displayed thus far into the play. How do they behave? What do they talk about? What motivates their actions?
4) In-class writing: Bernie's story about the girl is fantastic, but Danny seems to believe him. Do you? Why or why not?
5) Homework: Write an essay describing the importance of dialogue in the first two scenes--what is...
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