West Seattle schools: Lafayette contingent onstage at ACT today

Thanks to Luckie for the photo and report:

Today Lafayette Elementary second-grade teacher Dano Beal led a workshop for educators at the Washington State Theatre in Our Schools conference at ACT Theatre, presented by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Dano gave an example of how to incorporate theater into teaching history, using creative theater games and techniques.

Several weeks ago, each student in his class was assigned the identity of an actual passenger on the Titanic. After researching the person, each student then created a character based on the historical figure and wrote and performed a first-person monologue describing their character’s connection to and experiences aboard the Titanic. To help demonstrate the assignment for the conference participants, students (l-r) Cashen Tomlinson, Claire Ellerbrook, Tennessee Herrin, and Cosmo Davis performed their classroom monologues onstage at ACT.

1 Reply to "West Seattle schools: Lafayette contingent onstage at ACT today"

  • Dano April 28, 2012 (9:08 pm)

    A huge thank you needs to go out to the Lafayette second grade parents for their support of this wonderful learning experience….. The students and their families experienced history though performance, writing, mathematics, and lots of research….. And it was a great honor to share our explorations with others. The students who shared their talents today represent nearly 60 kids who have worked hard to better understand history…… ALL the students have made their teachers VERY proud…. What a great celebration of the amazing things our West Seattle school community is doing!

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