Lesson 1 (from Scene 1)
In general, plays are structured into acts and those acts are broken down into scenes. Wit has a different structure. It is only one act, and the scene changes are subtle; the lights do not go down, and there are no big set changes occur. The objective of this lesson is to learn about play format and structure in preparation for studying Wit.
Class Discussion: What is drama (format) in literature? How is a piece of literature identified as drama? How is drama different from prose or poetry? How is a play usually structured? How is Wit structured?
Activity: Divide the students groups of three or four to identify the scene changes in Wit. When groups have finished, discuss the scene changes as a class to better understand how the play is structured in preparation for reading it.
Assignment: Have each student rewrite Vivian's opening...
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