ERIC Number: ED477984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Sondheim's "Into the Woods". ArtsEdge Curricula, Lessons and Activities.
Bauernschub, Mary Beth
This curriculum unit introduces intermediate grade and middle school students to the work of Stephen Sondheim, one of the most talented composers of the contemporary American musical theater, and teaches them about the process of writing an original musical. The unit notes that in his musical "Into the Woods" Sondheim incorporates (and distorts) elements of traditional fairy tales to create a lively and unique piece of theater. In the unit, students will create the libretto and script for an original musical based on the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, "The Frog Prince." The unit's lesson--Sondheim's "Into the Woods": Fairy Tale Tunes--takes only two days to complete. Its classroom activities focus on improvisational techniques and small-group work. The unit provides a step-by-step detailed instructional plan for the teacher. (NKA)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Fairy Tales, Intermediate Grades, Lesson Plans, Middle Schools, Music Activities, Musical Composition, Scripts, Teacher Developed Materials, Units of Study
For full text: http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teaching_materials/curricula/curricula.cfm?subject_id=LNA.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts (NFAH), Washington, DC.; MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.