Lesson plans for The Glass Menagerie and other works
Perspectives in American Literature: Tennessee Williams
This site lists primary and extensive critical works. Scroll down for study questions for "Portrait of a Madonna." Material at this site may not be appropriate for some students.
Tennessee Williams: Exploring the American Dream from the American Masters series, PBS
Three thematic components: (1) an examination of the lyric form and mythology, (2) exploration of the dramatic form, and (3) an examination of the American Dream. Each is addressed and developed within a social critical perspective that resonates with many of the playwright's major works.
The Glass Menagerie
This study guide is designed for a specific theater's production but includes activities that will work in any classroom. Character analysis, author biography, focus on themes of escape, memory, dreams, fear, and success. 7 pages; Adobe Reader required.
The Memory Play in American Drama
"Students will examine the concept of memory, first from a personal perspective, and then as an element of modern American drama." This lesson uses The Glass Menagerie.
Vocabulary from The Glass Menagerie
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of use, more.
A Streetcar Named Desire
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