Create Lesson Plans from Movies and Film
Relating to the Classics of Drama,
the World of the Stage, and Musicals

English Drama | United States Dramatic Works | Theater of Other Countries | Musicals

The suggested age range appears in brackets at the end of each entry. Topics relating to Social and Emotional Learning appear after the term "SEL". "Moral-Ethical Emphasis" is a reference to Character Counts' Six Pillars of Character.

A.    English Drama

Hamlet (Drama/England; SEL: Revenge, Fighting, Grieving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [12+]

An Ideal Husband (Drama/England, World/England; SEL: Marriage, Families in Crisis, Friendship, Romantic Relationships, Justice, Redemption; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Caring) [12+]

The Importance of Being Earnest (World/England; Drama/England; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

Julius Caesar (Drama/England; World/Ancient Rome; SEL: Ambition; Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]

Looking For Richard (Drama/England; World/England; SEL: Brothers; Ambition; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [12+]

A Man for All Seasons (Biography/Thomas More; World/England & the Renaissance; Religions/Christianity; Drama/England; Char Dev.: Courage; Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12]

 

Much Ado About Nothing (Drama/Enlgand; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Brothers; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) [10+]

Pygmalion (Drama/England; World/England; SEL: Breaking Out; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [12+]

Richard III (Drama/England; World/England SEL: Brothers; Ambition; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [12+]

Romeo and Juliet (Drama/England; SEL: Fighting; Romantic Relationships; Suicide; Revenge; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [12+]

Shakespeare Behind Bars (Drama and U.S./The Law; SEL Redemption; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

Snippet Lesson Plan for "Shakespeare in Love": An Introduction to Romeo and Juliet (Drama; World/England) [12+]

Twelfth Night (Drama/England; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [12+]



B.    United States -- Lesson Plans from Dramatic Works of the United States

All My Sons (U.S./1941 - 1991; Drama/U.S.; SEL: Crime; Marriage; Father/Son; Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [13+]

The Crucible (U.S./1629 - 1750, 1945-1991 & Massachusetts; Drama/U.S.; SEL: Justice; Marriage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) (Two versions, one in French with English Subtitles) [12+]

The Glass Menagerie (Drama/U.S.; U.S./Missouri; SEL: Mother/Son; Mother/Daughter; Families in Crisis; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility)[12+]

 

A Raisin in the Sun (U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & Illinois; Drama/U.S; SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Marriage, Families in Crisis; Female Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness) [12+]

Tootsie (U.S./1945 - 1991 & New York; Drama/U.S.; SEL Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]



C.    Theater of Other Countries

Camille (Cinema; Drama/France; World/France; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+]

 

Cyrano de Bergerac (Drama/France; World/France; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [12+] (In French with English Subtitles)

See also Roxanne -- a comedic take-off on Cyrano by Steve Martin, (Drama; ELA: irony; characterization; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Moral-Ethical Emphasis Respect) [12+]



D.    Musicals

1776 (U.S./1750 - 1812 & Pennsylvania; Drama/Musicals; SEL: Rebellion; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship) [11+]

Damn Yankees (Drama/Musicals; Sports/Baseball; Dance/Performance; U.S./1945 - 1991; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [10+]

Fiddler on the Roof (Drama/Musicals; Religions/Judaism; U.S./Diversity; World/Russia; Dance/Performance; SEL: Parenting; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [7+]

Gigi (Drama/Musicals; World/France; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [12+]

High School Musical (Dance; Drama/Musicals; SEL: Breaking Out; Friendship, Peer Pressure; Father/Son; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [8 - 14]

The King and I (Drama/Musicals; World/Thailand; U.S./1860 - 1865; Dance/Performance; SEL: Courage, Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [8+]

The Music Man (Drama/Musicals; U.S. 1865 - 1913; Dance/Performance; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [6+]

My Fair Lady (Drama/Musicals; World/England; SEL: Breaking Out; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [6+]

 

Oklahoma! (Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913 & Oklahoma; Dance/Performance; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Oliver! (Drama/Musicals; Literature/England; World/England; SEL: Spousal Abuse; Crime; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [8+]

The Pirates of Penzance (Drama/Musicals; World/England; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [8+]

Show Boat (U.S./1865 - 1913 & Diversity; Cinema; Drama/Musicals; Dance/Performance; SEL: Marriage; Romantic Relationships; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Gambling Addiction; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [11+]

The Sound of Music (Drama/Musicals; World/WW II & Austria; SEL: Parenting, Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [6+]

South Pacific (Drama/Musicals; U.S./1941 - 1945 & Diversity; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Citizenship) [10+]

West Side Story (Drama/Musicals; U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & New York; Dance/Performance; SEL: Fighting; Revenge; Romantic Relationships; Bad Associations; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Citizenship) [12+]

The Wizard of Oz — Primary (Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; SEL: Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [5+]

The Wizard of Oz — Secondary (Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; SEL: Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [12+]

The Wizard of Oz - Hero's Journey (This hero's journey lesson can be used (1) to confirm and extend students' prior knowledge of the Monomyth or (2) as a summative assessment.) [12+]





The suggested age range appears in brackets at the end of each entry. Topics relating to Social and Emotional Learning appear after the term "SEL". "Moral-Ethical Emphasis" is a reference to Character Counts' Six Pillars of Character.