Integrated Arts Presentation of Work


Third graders have been actively exploring slavery, segregation, and civil rights through drama. Students have taken time to think about character traits, life experiences, and issues that slaves would have encountered in the 1800’s. Last week Harriet Tubman (Ms. Joan) visited the third grade team and helped them make decisions about running away to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Students used their voice (volume and tone) to deliver a piece of dialogue. While engaged in a tableaux, students decided what a slave may have said during that period of history. This week students will travel 100 years forward through history to explore famous historical figures such as, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King JR., and Rosa Parks, and how they were affected by the Jim Crow Laws. For acting skills the students are focused on using their voice to show different tones and volumes to express emotions. They are also working on freezing a statue or image and holding it, detailed pantomimes, and finally they are working on presenting lines of dialogue that deepen their character.
In social studies they are working on remembering time periods, making emotional connections to history, and knowing important historical figures form each time era. Linking these two learning goals together helps strengthen both subjects and the engagement seen in students is empowering and impressive. Many third graders have even requested extended co-teaching blocks with Joan right now so they can keep their stories going. Here are some photographs of their presentation to families and friends last Friday.
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About arts coach

I am the arts integration coach for the Integrated Arts Academy, Vermont's one and only magnet school dedicated to the arts. I work closely with classroom teachers, local artists, art organizations, and other community members to provide a network of opportunities in the arts for our students.

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