Teacher Guide

A Streetcar Named Desire Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Every classroom is different, but the key to teaching a play, whether it is in a literature course or a drama or theater course, is to bring the play alive in your classroom. Reading a play is a different experience from reading a novel; likewise, a play should be taught differently. This lesson plan includes activities and questions that can be used to encourage students to perform and see the play as a performative text. It is important to remember that this play has a fair amount of apparatus written by Williams that affects the performance, to be sure, but is also meant to be read. Even so, the energy of the text comes from imagining it performed by human actors in front of a human...

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