Resources Tools for Teachers
To assist teachers with lesson plans and classroom activities about the play or its themes, we offer some resources below:
- Study Guide: This Study Guide includes a breakdown of themes, characters and the play’s plot, as well as some descriptions of how theatre is put together
- Blog: This blog will be constantly updated, so your class can follow what’s happening in rehearsal and behind the scenes
- YouTube: This link takes you to the ISU YouTube page where you can then find videos of the director, designers, and actors that will be put online to give you another way for your students to understand the themes of the play and aspects of the design process.
- Journal Questions: Having students answer short critical thinking questions either before or after the play can help them better understand the themes and motifs of the play. In order to help teachers out a few questions to work from are listed below:
- How do you define home? As a place, feeling, atmosphere or something else?
- When you had to be away from what you considered home, how did you handle being displaced? Think about the changes you had to deal with by coming to college or the first time you lived away from your parents? What were some of the feelings you dealt with because you were in a new place?
- After viewing the production, which character did you connect with the most? Why? What specifically did you enjoy about the character?
- What did you think of the design of the production? Did the costumes, lights, and set fit with the play? What was one of your favorite moments of the play, and how did the design elements assist this moment?
- After watching this performance, do you have any new opinions about refugees or immigration? What are some important social and political issues that you believed this play addressed?