Students explore the enduring idea that stories represent a pathway to understanding. People have communicated stories through performance of theater and masked performances as entertainment. These performances convey messages which can help us better understand the world around us.
This lesson integrates ecology, language arts, theater, and visual art. Students will be exploring the ecology of an animal of choice. Animals may be endangered, threatened or of personal interest to the student. Students will focus on North American Animals, those that found in the area of where we live. Students will see how the contemporary mask-maker and director Julie Taymor, explores ecology through the musical “The Lion King.” Students will create animal masks using paper and chalk pastels (colored pencil, or crayons). Students will give their animal a voice through a masked performance that reveals the attributes of the animal through reciting a poem or telling a story (imaginative).