Discussion 3

Comparing modern theatres and those of ancient Greece

Objectives:
To know that theatre has been passed down to us from the ancient Greeks; to know about the role of theatre in the way of like of ancient Greeks

Materials:
Festival and Games chapter - Explore section; pictures of modern theatres, including views of the inside

Class set-up:
Whole class and paired work

Vocabulary:
theatre, auditorium, orchestra, chorus, playwright, Dionysos

Discussion:
Read the introduction page of the Explore to the class, then get the children to work through the Explore in pairs. They might want to make a few notes about what they find, ready for the class discussion. Bring the class together and ask:

Finish by telling children that theatre has been passed down to us from the ancient Greeks, and although there are differences between modern and ancient theatres, the similarities are still visible to us.

Background information:
You may find the following Background Information sheets found on www.ancientgreece.co.uk useful for this activity:

The Theatre