Use Acting to Learn Punctuation

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Written communication is a convenient substitute for spoken communication. For thousands and thousands of years, communication was spoken, one to one to one until everyone knew. Records were written down, but not stories. News was delivered by criers who walked through the streets yelling...

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6th Grade

Public Speaking

Based on the unit of study, students will learn to craft and deliver persuasive speeches over the course of a 5-day residency. The teaching artist will guide students in understanding how public speaking differs from conversational speaking. S/he will also instruct students on ways to avoid stage fright, how to project voice and how to pace delivery for the greatest impact. Academic skills include research and writing in the style of persuasion...

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Time Travelers' News Network

Using the skills of journalism, theater and historical research, teams of students will present a 5 –minute video news segment using modern reporting techniques, but playing character parts from a specific time period. The segments may include breaking news (reporting on specific events), lifestyle news (reporting on social and entertainment topics), sports or investigative report (a deeper examination of a larger issue). These assignments may be chosen at random based or assigned by the class...

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You are a Greek God!

Students use research, writing, critical interpretation and theater to explore the gods of Greek Mythology. The residency concludes with a Dionysian Festival of plays written and performed by students. Each student will be assigned the role of a god from Greek Mythology in order to explore the stories of one god more deeply. After several writing exercises, students will produce a few short plays based on mythology. Students will play the characters, design the sets, and bring costume pieces...

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The Socratic Academy

In this residency, students participate in an exercise in which they recreate a dialogue with Socrates. In the Socratic dialogue, the Master (teacher) asks only questions, never giving a reply to the question or comment of students. When placed in historic Greece, students must assume the character of a young male Athenian citizen, regardless of the student’s gender or ethnicity. The teaching artist will play the role of Socrates. The classroom teacher will choose the content of the dialogue o...

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Custom Program

Creativity & Associates will work with teachers or administrators to design a custom residency or workshop for your school. We are able to integrate theatre into just about any unit and would be happy to show you how. In fact, if anyone presents us with a unit that we are unable to integrate theater into, we will present a free 45-minute workshop to your students or staff (travel expenses not included). Every custom program will align with state curriculum standards for both theatre...

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Attitude and Action: Character Education Through Theatre

This residency focuses on character development in both the theatrical and civic definitions. Developing one helps  develop the other. Students explore what attitude means, how it can be created or changed, and how to recognize it. Using improvisational theater and games, students develop characters that operate in an attitude. They develop unscripted playlettes and write stories to exploring beginning, middle and end. This 5-day residency culminates in short performances by all...

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