Learning Goals for Different Grades
- With a first-grade class, George E. Jackson, III, stresses basic
physical coordination, using activities in rhythm, movement, and stretching
to help students develop essential motor skills and learn to work
together as a team.
- With a fourth-grade class, Jackson rehearses an original play about
Barney Ford, the former slave for whom the school is named, who became
a successful business and political figure. Jackson uses readers
theatre, which focuses on dialogue rather than stagecraft to
establish character and move the plot forward. Through this exercise,
children polish their skills in reading, projection, and stage presence
along with basic proficiencies such as paying attention and sitting
- Fifth-graders work with Jackson to create original masks, inspired
by the work of Harlem Renaissance poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Inside
each mask, students paste words that describe their inner characters.
Then they paint the outside to reflect what they believe the world
sees. Variety in techniques and approaches is important to Jackson.
I want to expose them to different things so they can decide
what they like, he says.