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Lesson Plan

The Magic of Musical Theater - The Phantom of the Opera (A SMART Board Lesson) by ECSDM


Subject

English Language Arts (2005), The Arts, English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


Duration


Three to Four 40-minute lesson periods depending on how intensive you would like to delve..

Learning Objectives


1. Students will identify at least five important components of the art form of musical theater.
2. Students will describe the plot and conflict points as well as some interesting facts behind the story of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
3. Students will identify at least five primary characters from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
4. Students will listen to and identify music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Materials

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Notebook File

PHANTOM JEOPARDY GAME Notebook File

~SMART Board, projector, computer and Smart Notebook software. (Available for free download from The Magic of Musical Theater-The Phantom of the Opera

Optional: Video or DVD of the original silent film starring PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Step-by-Step Procedure


Phantom of the Opera Notebook:

  1. Before the students see The Phantom of the Opera survey the students with the following question: How do you feel about Opera? Does it bore you? Excite you?

  2. Introduce the students to The Phantom of the Opera by beginning with the question "what is musical theater"? Using notebook page 4, explore the question: "What are all the components that make a successful show come together?" Have students suggest ways the different components relate to one another. Use the infinite-cloned white shape to add any additional ideas contributed by the students. Encourage them to think about all the facets of a musical production and how everything contributes to the whole.

  3. Use notebook page 6 to assess what the students already know and what they would like to know.

  4. Lead students through the notebook file as they become familiarized with the background, the story, the characters and the music.

  5. View The Phantom of the Opera with the class, either the movie or the Broadway stage show if possible.

  6. After viewing The Phantom of the Opera, survey the students with the following question: How do you feel about opera? Does it bore you? Excite you?

  7. Assess student understanding and retention using Phantom Jeopardy.


Extensions:
-Delve further into the topic by using the ideas for research and discussion posted on pages 64-68 of The Phantom of the Opera notebook.
-View the silent film of The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney.

Assessment


Phantom of the Opera Jeopardy.

Description


What is musical theater? What are all the components that make a successful show come together? The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a perfect way to introduce young people to the pleasures and mysteries of a musical theater experience. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's unforgettable score and breath-taking spectacle can show students that the theater is an exciting and vital form of entertainment. As well as being a sweeping, fantastic story, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA evokes ideas and concepts that run through history and literature; the outcast, the mythology of beauty and the beast, the use of the mask, the changing role of women in society, the power of music. Students will learn that ideas that may seem dry and dull on the page come vividly to life on stage.

Website(s)

The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
Phantom The Movie
Phantom of the Opera


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