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A Character Life Box Getting to Know Your Characters Through Words and Images
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This language arts lesson offers a hands-on opportunity for students to understand characterization in literature and to connect historical and contemporary culture. Through research and study of Shakespearean England, student pairs get to know about the life of a character in the book Shakespeare Stealer. Students collect props and clues to create a “life box” and a poem about their character. Using props adds a visual and physical dimension to their learning while using words engages mental facilities, making this a whole brain activity. Students must communicate their clues and interpret others clues to reveal character’s identities.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Ann Reilly
Mary Beth Bauernschub
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Civil War Letters-What was it really like to live during the Civil War?
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In this lesson, students will read letters written during the Civil War. Referring to their knowledge about the Civil War, they’ll develop a clear understanding of the message of the letter. They will edit the letters for mechanics and create a dramatic reading based on their letter. Then students will create their own Civil War dramas, using a fictional letter they create.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Maureen Carroll
Rebecca Haden
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Decades Mural Project-Students will create murals about the events and trends of a decade of the twentieth century
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In this lesson, students will learn how to use primary sources, and work in groups to create murals about the events and trends of a decade of the twentieth century. Students will focus their research on a specific category relating to the culture of that decade, and then depict their findings in their murals.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Daniella Garran
Karon Pease
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Exploring Russian Folktales
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In this lesson, students are introduced to the genre of folktales and engage in a study of several Russian folktales. They are asked to read the tales aloud, and then to fill in a chart about each one. Next, they analyze the charts, answering questions about the folktales’ setting, main characters, and "uniquely Russian" attributes. They also compare and contrast Russian folktales with folktales they may have heard as young children. The lesson culminates with a writing assignment in which students will analyze the folktales or create their own.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Julie Steimel
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Playing with Puns, How Wordplay Reveals the Soul and Wit of Literary and Dramatic Characterizations
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This lesson is one part of a four lesson unit on Shakespeare Stealer. This theater and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative and interpretive opportunities. Students will analyze and compare the puns and word play in selected scenes from the plays, The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Students will then read scenes from each play in groups and interpret their meanings to prepare for a performance of the scene. The lesson culminates with students writing a short essay explaining how the playwrights used puns and word play to give their characters wit.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Ann Reilly
Mary Beth Bauernschub
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Reliving History Through Slave Narratives
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After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students conduct research on slavery and tell a story based on their findings. The lesson incorporates an exploration of storytelling techniques.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Daniella Garran
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Tall Tales Today-Where have all the heroes gone?
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In this lesson, students are introduced to the genre of American tall tales. Students are exposed to several traditional tall tales, then prompted to write an original tall tale set in contemporary America. The tall tale must address a current event or issue and must feature a "larger-than-life" main character. The students use exaggeration and hyperbole to portray the way in which the main character resolves the issue or problem. Students then dramatize their tall tales for the class.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Diane Messina, Rebecca Haden
Date Added:
04/04/2018
US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail
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In this lesson, students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate. The campaign song will be created after learning how to use political terms appropriately through research and classroom discussions. Research will include the basic processes of the electoral college, the importance of campaign tours, and the historical importance of campaign songs.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Rebecca Holden
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Whack-a-Note: Pitch Identification
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This is a pitch identification game. Students are given a specific pitch to identify, and then are presented with a 3x3 grid of cards with pitches on a staff. They must click on each card that displays the correct pitch, or use the number keys on the computer that correspond to the cards on the grid. Students must be quick, as the cards will go up and down in the 'holes'.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Daniella Garran
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Who Can Vote for President?
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In this lesson, students will learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government. They will research and locate information on the U.S. Constitution and the Amendments that altered voting rights throughout U.S. History. They will become familiar with the importance of voter registration and voting rights while understanding the role government plays in a student’s daily life. They will produce a plan of action, boosting awareness of voter participation and create a computer graphic campaign poster to encourage voter participation and voting awareness.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Rebecca Holden
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Writing Folktales-Identifying and Using Elements of Folktales and Tall Tales
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In this lesson, students identify and analyze folktales. They learn the characteristics of folktales and use them to evaluate existing tales and to create original tales of their own. Students apply the writing process to strengthen writing skills and to develop creativity.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Andria Cole
Kathy Cook
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Writing Myths-How can myths help to explain nature and science?
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In this lesson, students will explore how myths provide explanations for nature and science. They will read and analyze the Native American myth "Giants and Mosquitoes." They will relate the myth to other creation myths and their own experiences. Afterwards, they will write their own original myth using the writing process.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Andria Cole
Kathy Cook
Date Added:
04/04/2018
Writing an Original Fable, How are Fables Written?
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In this lesson, students will use the steps of the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing) to write original and, in small groups, perform their fables as skits. Students will also review the elements of a fable, such as theme, in order to create original written fables of their own.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Author:
Kathy Cook
Tonya Abari
Date Added:
04/04/2018