Our Town


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    Our Town 1: The Way We Were

    As students explore this pivotal scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of Our Town, they examine the play’s themes about legacy and memory. The Stage Manager, played by Paul Newman, reflects on what should go in the cornerstone of a new bank in Grover’s Corners, a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. He celebrates the value of people’s everyday lives. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: Love and Marriage and A Good Rest.

    Grades: 6-12
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    Our Town 2: Love and Marriage

    Students examine the meaning of marriage and the role it plays in civilization in this scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of the play, Our Town. The Stage Manager (played by Paul Newman) delivers a brief sermon just before the marriage of Emily and George, the two youthful protagonists of the play. The Stage Manager acknowledges that marriage is considered a sacrament by some, yet it can also cause confusion and uncertainty. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: The Way We Were and A Good Rest.

    Grades: 6-12
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    Our Town 3: A Good Rest

    Students analyze the Stage Manager’s final speech in this scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of the play, Our Town. Played by Paul Newman, the Stage Manager concludes the play in the same calm, reasonable, and folksy way he began it. Like the play itself, the ending is deceptively simple. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: The Way We Were and Love and Marriage.

    Grades: 6-12

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