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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: communication arts

Timeline: open

Grade Levels: 6-12

Purpose: to involve students in language experience; to expose the village to theatre

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J. Bacon, T. Cochran, and K. Frederick
Producing a Play

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Square bullet Activities

  • Select a play:
  • you may want to pay attention to the type of movies community residents like. Look for a plot with lots of action.

  • Let students divide tasks:

    type scripts

    design, build, and paint sets

    operate lights

    apply make-up

    create costumes

    learn roles and lines

    direct.

  • Perform first for the student body.
  • If the production is well-received, perform for parents.

Square bullet Resources

  • Alaska State Library for books of plays 
  • Pushing Back the Desks, Four Winds Press, 50 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036
  • National Center for Educational Media (NICEM) 
  • Media and Methods Magazine
  • Spolin, Viola. Improvisation of the Theatre

Variations

  • Have students write their own play on a subject of interest to themselves. 
  • Do dramatic version of local traditional stories.
  • Try integrating themes from a favorite TV show (e.g., the interplanetary wars between Cylons and Vipers) into the Christmas play:

    get a videotape of the TV show so that you and the class can get an idea of the sorts of props you might make

    in writing the play, select anecdotal material which relates to community events

    build spacecraft in art class; learn lines in language arts classes; build sets during shop; during music class, practice a Christmas carol to sing at the end of the play.

  • Try a musical; tap local musical talent.
  • Do as a film or videotape.
 

Artist in Residence Program

Community Mural Project

Elder Posters and Interviews

Literature from Life History and Village Lore

Bilingual Exercise

Illustrated History of Eskimo Games

Freeze-Up Essays

Literacy Bank

Elementary Reader

Grant and Proposal Writing

Student A/V Presentation

"Focus on Your Village," a short videotaped news program

Developmental Photography

Film and Video Scripting

Animation

Producing a Play

Ceramics-Chess Class

Block Print Sales

Weavers Guild

 

 

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