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Students explore oral history and documentary theater. In this genres of theater instructional activity, students connect stories of personal history to the creation of documentary theater. Students learn what characteristics embody documentary theater and explore the use of theater as a medium to express controversial perspectives.
Pupils study theatre used by a Reverend to articulate important social and historical issues. In this theatre study instructional activity, students read about the theatre group of the Berkeley Repertory and their theatrical production of a historical tragedy known as Jonestown. Pupils complete activities to further understand the theatre production and theatre's goal in telling important social and historical stories.
Learners write a movie review of the movie, "The Rookie" or other similar movie, stating their own opinion of the movie, recognizing the plot, characters, and main ideas. They then write a short story on a topic using dialogue and creating a fictional story based on their own lives.
Students gain perspective on the importance of kites by reading about and discussing how kites have been used throughout history. In this kite exploration lesson plan, students follow instructions to construct a kite to assist them in learning about the basic principles of flying a kite; lift, weight, thrust, and drag. Students author creative writing poems, stories, and dialogues about kites.
Students examine the importance of oral traditions while reading various fairy and folk tales. Given a piece of clay, they can mold it into any shape they want and pass it to their neighbor which keeps building the object. They use this exercise to discover how the folk and fairy tales were written with each member of the community contributing.
Second graders paint their own picture based on the paintings of Marc Chagall. In this Marc Chagall lesson plan, 2nd graders study his paintings, identify his paintings compared to others, pick out distinct characteristics of his paintings, and them paint a picture of their own based on his work.
Students prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes twenty-four lessons from the World Literature series, each covering a different reading selection from Africa. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each lesson as well as extension and customization options.
Students experience through role-play the art of shadow puppetry and appreciate the role of oral traditions in Chinese history. They research the origins and history of puppetry as a part of a unit on China. They discover what Chinese animal sign they were born under and what personality traits correspond with their animal.
Fifth graders deliver story presentations that establish a setting with descriptive words, contain a plot and show, rather than tell, what happens. In this language arts lesson plan, 5th graders utilize sentences from the book, "Tuck Everlasting" as prompts for this project. An interesting take on creative writing.
Students participate in a guided reading of Leslie Johnson's, Fancy Dance and discover how to sequence events. This lesson stresses word recognition, suffixes and prefixes, and sentence structure. Cross-curricular activities involve art, science, social studies, and math.
Fifth graders engage in a literature study that uses a variety of texts in order to maximize their exposure to different reading situations. They examine each book in order to practice skills of reading comprehension. They recognize the literary devices of each and then answer the questions to go with the text.