It's Spring, which means it's a perfect time for Shakespeare! Each year, we chose a different Shakespearian play to study in depth, and perform in our Theater Class at our year end graduation. This year, we're studying A Midsummer Night's Dream, discussing Story Structure and plot devices in Literature, Character Traits in LA, and behavior, movement, and motive in Theater. At home, the students worked on creating their own Story Mountain by inserting the plot points at their appropriate place on the story arch. This exercise helps focus not only on story structure, but sequencing and working memory as well. Students also practiced their Shakespeare through pre-learning by practicing a dinner scene with their families that introduced Elizabethan vocabulary. Learning about Shakespeare is so much fun, and it gives us such a wonderful opportunity to integrate our curriculums. We're can't wait to take the stage!
Adventures in Remote Teaching continue! This past week, we worked on our visualizing and descriptive vocabulary by describing concrete images to our partners in small groups. Each student envisioned a tree, and drew a picture of what they saw in their minds. We then compared our images, noting the similarities and differences, and added description words to try to make our trees match.
By focusing on Visual Vocabulary, we enable students to get ready for their Descriptive Writing Projects, strengthen vocabulary, and identify how each student processes and holds information. This also focuses the importance of our language and how they help us create images in people's minds. Words are power, and they help us put someone right in the middle of the world we recreate, the event we describe, or even a fun thing we did over the weekend. Not to mention, words are lot of fun!