|6 , 7 , 8
|Social Studies English
|Grade Level Program
60-90 minute sessions with a culminating grade-level Share
Number of session is flexible and are typically held once or twice a week to best integrate with selected Social Studies unit.
Schedule determined during the pre-planning meeting and based on the needs of the school.
|In-School Short Term Residency
Props, handouts, prompts or reference materials based on selected unit or topic
Chart paper or white board
Non-lined paper or a journal for each student
Agreed upon materials or copies
Copy of selected Social Studies unit or chapter and related text for the planning meeting
Open space in classroom or multi-purpose space large enough for entire class to participate on their feet simultaneously or spread out to work in small groups
Access to tables/desks/chairs for writing or drawing activities
A large space or auditorium reserved for Session 4 and Session 5, if sharing with the whole grade level
I can use evidence gained from text and illustrations to visualize, describe and demonstrate a "Day in the Life" of a real or fictional character from another time period or culture, comparing/contrasting it with a similar character from today.
I can recognize and discuss causes and effects of an event or development in the past or in another region of the world as viewed from multiple perspectives.
I can work with peers to create and perform an original scene or theatre piece that accurately represents the actions and motivations of characters from another time period or culture.
Transforming "I would never . . . !" to "Could I ever . . . ? "
Create a residency uniquely designed for your students. Teachers may select any Social Studies Unit or Topic for student exploration. Collaboration with the Teaching Artist assures alignment of specific theatre exercises with curricular information. (See Additional Notes for examples)
The residency typically consists of 5 sessions with possible teacher directed classwork in between. Each meeting incorporates a warm-up, a brief review, 1-2 drama activities, moments of self-reflection, a summary, and a preview.
Session 1 introduces students to Drama building comfort and confidence, as they participate simultaneously in their own personal space and verbally sharing their knowledge of the topic.
Sessions 2 and 3 challenge students to combine research and imagination, using evidence gleaned from close reading of text and images to visualize and portray a character"s personal traits, interactions with others and reactions to events. Students develop and express their ideas through writing (letters/journal/monologues), creating tableaus and/or improvising scenes.
Session 4 engages each class in creating a unique Sharing of small group scenes or a large group collaboration.
Session 5 empowers students to present their ideas to others, reflect on their own work and give/receive feedback to solidify the learning.
Theatre provides a safe space to approach challenging topics; encouraging students to push beyond contemporary perspectives, objectively assess history and make connections to their own world. Character and Scene study exercises spark curiosity and help students step squarely "in the moment" looking "out at" not "back at" another time, place, or culture. The process offers a balance of ease and challenge, choice and structure, movement and table work, individual exploration and group collaboration that helps students understand multiple perspectives while not necessarily justifying the actions they produce.
Carlotta Walls Lanier"s memoir, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School provides the foundation for a study of desegregation. Students reference headlines and photographs to create a timeline of events and illustrate it by taking on roles in a series of tableaus.
Choose your own topic or select from previously developed units below:
World Wars I and II, Personal Identity, Vietnam War, Immigration, Desegregation/Little Rock Nine, or individual projects developed for National History Day.
*The Teaching Artist can use any text from the current curriculum selected by the Teacher and/or provide additional resources.
*All ACTive Learning Through Drama programs have been developed and implemented by a professional Theatre Educator in collaboration with Classroom Teachers and Arts Specialists.
1-3 are welcome to assist in the classroom, if the teacher desires.
Parents, guardians and administrators could watch the informal Share in Session 5.