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  Connecting With The Arts Home   A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8
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  School: Hilltown Cooperative Charter School
  Location: Haydenville, MA
  Grades: 7, 8

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  Description: Students delve into Thornton Wilder's play Our Town.



Connecting to Your Teaching

Reflect on Your Practice

  • Does your school’s culture support collaborative, integrated units? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • How do you make distant historical time periods real for students?
  • What obstacles, if any, make it hard for you and your colleagues to use drama in teaching across disciplines? How might these be overcome?
  • Could studying a play in-depth help your students understand and assimilate new information and material? What plays might be good candidates?

Adaptations / Extensions to Consider

Scale it back: Choose one scene from a play to enact; or choose a one-act play. Work within your classroom or in partnership with one other teacher.

Role Play: Have students role-play characters from books or history. Have students write original scripts to perform.

Take a field trip: Visit a local theatre company or work with a drama troupe that can come to your school.

NEXT: Additional Resources, including unit materials that teachers used.



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