Exploring Figures from History or Literature through Drama

This residency, geared for students in grades 3-8, integrates Theatre with Language Arts and Social Studies curricular goals. Students explore dramatically either the impact of periods in history on the lives of historical figures, or the impact of historical figures on history, or the motivations of fictional characters in literature. Then they write monologues, arguments, or letters from the point of view of key figures in history or fiction that explain their motivation, the obstacles they faced, how they overcame or failed to overcome them, and their hopes for and influences on the future. Students work in collaborative groups to create informal performances using the monologues or letters. Finally, students perform their monologues or letters. Sheila received an NC Arts Council Artist-in-Residence grant to conduct this residency with Clarkton School of  Discovery eighth graders. 

Curricular Connections:
NCSCoS CCR English Language Arts Gr. 3-8 W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. 2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately…. 3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events…. SL. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning….
NC Essential Standards Theatre Arts Gr. 3-12, 1 The learner will write based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history.
Social Studies Gr. 4, 4.05 Identify and assess the role of prominent persons in North Carolina, past and present.
Gr. 5, 4.05 Describe the impact of wars and conflicts on United States citizens….
Gr. 6 4.02 Examine, understand, and evaluate conflicting viewpoints. 4.03 Recognize and analyze values upon which judgments are made.
Gr. 7 4.01 Describe the patterns of and motives for the migrations of people….
Gr. 8 4.04 Evaluate the importance of the roles played by individuals at the state and national levels during the Civil War and Reconstruction Period.

What the Ramsey St. Alternative School (Fayetteville, NC) Seventh Grade Teachers Team said about this Residency:

“We enjoyed working with you and the students had a great time.”

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