Day 1

Everyman: Morality Play Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why do you think Church authorities would use plays as a teaching tool?

    Students should understand that literacy was rare when this play was written, and thus all instruction would have to be verbal. Plays served as an engaging way to dramatize something that might be less compelling when not presented in story format.

  2. 2

    Did the language of the play make it difficult for you to get through?

    This should be a time to talk about the evolution of English and the fact that while it feels like Everyman is written almost in gibberish at first, it's a dialect that one can get into the rhythm of. Ask students for examples of specific words or phrases that seemed...

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