History Through Drama, also known as Tragedy and Comedy, is a pivotal main lesson block in the Ninth Grade Year. It is the first in an interwoven series of main lesson blocks that are taught throughout the four high school years (including History Through Art, History Through Music, and History Through Architecture). Eugene Schwartz's lectures begin with the priestly performance-rituals in the ancient Mystery centers and culminate with the impact of technology and the movies on modern drama. "Drama" is taught not as a subject apart, but rather as a cultural experience that is deeply linked to the artistic, political, economic, and religious forces active in (among others) Sixth Century BCE Athens, the Roman Empire, Elizabethan England, nineteenth century Europe, and twentieth century Broadway and Hollywood. This is a class that hearkens back to and recapitulates much of the history that Waldorf students learned in Grades 5 - 8, but one that also sets the scene for the documentary study of history that they will be experiencing throughout their high school years.
How Do I Begin?
When you register you will choose a period of five weeks in which you will have unlimited access to the course. This will give you a week or two to view all of the lectures, read the Teacher's Guide, and familiarize yourself with the Timeline (more about this below). There is enough material in the course for a four-week block, but you can fit it into three weeks as well.
What Comes with the Course?
In addition to the 19 lectures by Eugene, each of which is 30-40 minutes long, you will receive a 15,000 word Teacher's Guide, which gives a succinct summary of each lecture, along with suggestions for discussion, dramatic readings from some of the plays that are covered, composition topics and subjects for drawings that students may create in their main lesson books. You and your student(s) will also receive a link to the Interactive Timeline that will provide them with a dynamic visual accompaniment to Eugene's lectures, integrating historical events, short biographies, and insights into the culture, political, and scientific life that lived in and around the masterpieces of drama that they will be studying.
How Does this Online Course Work?
The Teacher's Guide will have many suggestions about how to proceed, but we also honor and respect the freedom of the teacher to decide how he or she wishes to use the full and comprehensive material that we offer. You may wish to have your students view one or two lectures by Eugene every evening and come to class the next morning prepared for a discussion that you lead, followed by dramatic readings and writing and/or drawing assignments. Or you may want to begin every morning watching one or two lectures along with your students. You may also choose to have your students watch only half or a third of the lectures, while you teach other mornings yourself. There are endless possibilities! And both you and your students will probably find the Timeline to be an especially helpful resource that can be integrated into a number of activities. The five weeks of access that you receive when you register will give you ample time for preparation, even if you have never taught or studied this subject before.
How Much Does It Cost?
Course Tuition is $250. That fee includes five weeks' access to all that is described above. Payment is made by credit card when you register.
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Over the next few years, in addition to History Through Drama, we will be producing a number of High School Humanities classes, including: