Theme: Great Playwrights
Educational: improving oral speech and writing skills,
activating learned lexicons on the theme “Great Playwrights”,
improving speaking skills in English;
Developing: developing the capacity of memory,
developing the ability to logical exposition of a content,
developing the skills of making conversation on the giving situation;
Up-bringing: understanding the meaning of theatre art,
teaching to understand the plays and culture of other nations, understanding more deeply the native culture.
Used Methods: communication, cluster, working in groups;
Type of the lesson: nonstandard;
Equipments: blackboard, question-poster, question-cards, computer and projector.
The Plan of the Lesson
Good morning, boys and girls. How are you? I'm glad to see you. Today we’re going to talk about the great playwrights. You will do some lexical exercises to improve your speech. At the end you will choose different words to write a composition “My favourite playwright or play”.
I Want to Ве
Some people often say to mе:
"Have уоu decided what уоu want to bе?"
I usually answer, "I don't know,"
But it isn't really so.
I want to win аn Olympic race,
I want to see the Earth from space,
I want to travel to Katmandu
I want to bе rich and famous, too.
I want to bе оn Hollywood's screen,
I want to invent а new machine,
I want to bе very clever and wise,
I want to win the Nobel prize,
But most of all, I want to bе
Healthy and strong, and nice.
Teacher: First of all, I’d like to remind you of the difference between
play, act and stage.
1. play (v) – to perform the actions and say the words of a character
in a theatre performance
e.g. play a role, He has always wanted to play Hamlet.
play (n) – a piece of dramatic writing performed in a theatre
e.g. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the best-known play by William Shakespeare.
2. act (v) – to perform, especially on the stage
Note: act needs no object.
e.g. Hopkins is acting tonight.
act (n) – one of the main parts of a play
3. stage (v) – to produce a play
e.g. The school drama group stages two plays every year.
stage (n) – the raised floor in a theatre on which plays are performed
e.g. At the end of the performance all the actors came out onto the stage.
Teacher: Now answer the questions.
Do you know any playwrights?
Do you know their plays?
Who is the greatest English playwright?
What did he do except writing plays?
Activation of using lexicons. Game ‘Guess who’
Teacher: Now it’s time for a guessing-game “Guess who”
I’ll describe you a member of a theatre and you will give me the word.
Here are some members: stage director, actor, sound technician, make-up artist, policeman, actress, lighting technician, musician wardrobe mistress, playwright and scene-painter.
Listen to the definition of professions, try to guess and name them.
someone who writes plays
someone who makes scenery
someone who stages plays
someone who plays music in an orchestra
someone who looks after costumes
someone who makes up the faces of actors and actresses
someone who plays roles
someone who lights the stage
5. Improving the memory.
Teacher: The next task that I’m going to give you is also interesting. Be attentive!
First of all I’ll divide you into two groups and according to the task you should do it separately. There are two the same texts but the questions are different. As you see the sentences are not incomplete. You should fill the gaps.
George Bernard Shaw was born in … in 1856. At the age of … he moved to London. Bernard Shaw wanted to become a …. However his novels were not successful and he gave up writing them. Soon his attention turned to the …. Shaw wrote more than fifty plays. His best-known play is …. The main characters are Eliza Doolittle, Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering.
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in …. At the age of 19 he moved to …. Bernard Shaw wanted to become a novelist. However his novels were not successful and he gave up …. Soon his attention turned to the drama. Shaw wrote more than … plays. His best-known play is ‘Pygmalion’. The main characters are ….
Read the following false sentences. Make them true.
George Bernard Shaw was born in Edinburgh.
Colonel Pickering is main character of ‘King Lear’.
William Shakespeare is the author of ‘Pygmalion’.
What the actors say is stage directions.
A playwright is someone who plays role.
‘The Globe’ was one of the most famous theatres in America,
where worked Bernard Shaw as an actor.
Now you will be given question-poster. It is a magic house. Attention! There are interesting, logical riddles, quick sayings, besides little presents for you. Try to be active.
What kind of apple is not an apple?
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Where were first lemons found?
Why do birds fly to the south in winter?
What is a bird after it is 5 years old?
Tell the quick saying: Great gray goats.
Tell the quick saying: She sees seas slapping shores.
Tell the quick saying: twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
Tell you poem.
Sing for your friends.
Cry as a cock.
Do you know what dogs say?
Put your hands onto your head and jump 3 times.
Sing and dance.
You won five for your forth quarter.
Congratulations! You won note-book.
A-ha! You can take your prize. It is a pen.
Be happy! This marker for you.
Teacher: It is the end of our lesson. Let’s sum up. I hope you’ve acquired the theme. Today you’ve learned about great playwrights, their plays, besides you had a fun. Thanks all of you for your active participation. You worked hard and your marks are ... What mark can you give for this lesson?
(Write the number from 1 to 10 on the paper and put it at the blackboard.)
At home, please write a short essay (15 sentences) about the play that you would like to read or to see.
Lesson is over. Good-bye!
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