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  School: Hilltown Cooperative Charter School
  Location: Haydenville, MA
  Grades: 7, 8

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  Description: Students delve into Thornton Wilder's play Our Town.



Additional Resources

Selected Unit Materials

A Study of Our Town – Looking to the Past to Build a Future: A unit concept map including learning goals and objectives from seven major disciplines (PDF)

Integrated Unit Standards: A list of Massachusetts Frameworks addressed through the interdisciplinary study of Thornton Wilder's play Our Town (PDF)

Print Resources

Carey, Gary, & Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Our Town (Cliffs Notes). Lincoln, Neb.: Cliffs Notes, 1965 ISBN: 0822009676

de Koster, Katie. Readings on Thornton Wilder. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998. ISBN: 1565108140

Siebold, Thomas. Readings on Our Town. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000. ISBN: 0737701897

Wilder, Thornton. Our Town, A Play in Three Acts. Includes an afterword by Tappan Wilder. New York: Perennial Classics (HarperCollins), 2003 (first published, 1938). ISBN: 0060512636

Video Resources

Lesser, Sol (Producer), Wood, Sam (Director), & Wilder, Thornton (Writer). (1940). Our Town [Motion Picture]. United States: Focus Films Entertainment (DVD release), 2002. ASIN: 6305838208

Jaffe, Saul (Executive Producer), & Schaefer, George (Director). (1977). Our Town [Television Broadcast]. United States: National Broadcasting Company. ASIN: 6300180328

Woodward, Joanne (Executive Producer), & Naughton, James (Director). (2003). Our Town [Television Broadcast]. United States: Public Broadcasting Service. ASIN: B00015YVR2

Barclay, Richard (Producer), & Deubel, Robert (Director). (1972). Norman Rockwell’s World: An American Dream [Motion Picture]. United States: Columbia Pictures. ASIN: 6302996023

Web Sites

Our Town
A discipline-based theatre unit of study from the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Thornton Wilder Society
A detailed chronology of Thornton Wilder’s life as well as an Our Town study guide for teachers and students

Spark Notes
A wealth of resources such as information about the authors in their historical era, plot overviews, character analysis, themes, summaries, and study questions

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre – Learning Resources
A variety of materials including online teacher's guides, interactive timelines, and recommended resources

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