Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions.
- How do you go about selecting pieces of literature, art, dance, music, or theatre as elements of a unit of study? What makes a work a strong candidate?
- Would you rather work with a historical play or a historical novel in your curriculum? What are benefits or drawbacks to each?
- How might studying a play lend itself to an interdisciplinary unit of study? What purposes might integrating the study of a historical play into your curriculum serve?
Watch the Program
As you watch, note how the themes in Our Town surface in each discipline. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching, learning, and collaboration you see in this unit. Consider these questions as you watch:
- How does each art form deepen students’ understanding of the historical context of the play?
- How does the unit help students relate to the time period and setting of the play? In what ways are students making connections between the play and their own lives?
- How do the culture and resources of this particular school help support the type of instruction shown?
- How did the collaboration between teachers make this unit possible?
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Reflect on the Program
- How did the key teacher connect with so many other arts and non-arts subject areas? Could you accomplish this? Why or why not?
- What parts of the teaching stood out for you as especially strong?
- Which parts are, for any reasons, not compatible with your own teaching approaches?
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