Photo (Top): The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Ashland Middle School (Nathan Dowd Photography)
Lesson Plans & Curriculum Units
Curriculum Unit: Acting Shakespeare This 8-week curriculum unit was designed for a high school drama class. It covers an overview of Shakespeare's language and historical context, in-depth study of Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III, and scene work from the text.
Lesson Plan: Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible, & Connections to Contemporary Society This lesson plan covers the first day in a three-day process drama designed to introduce students to the Salem Witch Trials from a historical, social, and cultural perspective. It could be used in a high-school-level English or Social Studies class.
Lesson Plan:The Glass Menagerie This lesson, which serves as an introduction to The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, is intended to be the first day in a multi-week unit. It was designed for a high school drama class.
Assessments Rubric: Shakespeare TV Show Final Project, 8th Grade Drama This rubric was used to grade students' final projects at the end of an extensive unit on A Midsummer Night's Dream, adaptation, and acting for the camera.
Curricular Study Guide: Finding American This study guide was created for Finding American, a devised play created by graduate students at Emerson College and performed at high schools in the greater Boston area. I supervised the creation of this study guide, which was designed to be a supplementary resource for high school teachers and students.
Study Guide Supervisor and Lead Writer: Elizabeth Berg Contributing Writers: Nick Malakhow, Katti Mayk, Joanna Van Sickle Layout and Design: Mariam Riaz Paracha
Devised Play Script: Kids Only! This script was created through a devising process that I led with 14 students in grades K-5. I led the process and compiled the students' work into a final script, but the majority of the words that appear on these pages were written by my elementary school students.