When history is facts, places, and dates from far away and long ago, it's someone else's story. But when history hits home, it can be the story of adolescents discovering a connection with the past.
To Feel as Our Ancestors Did demonstrates how to connect upper elementary and middle school students to their community through an inquiry-driven project that uses oral histories as its foundation and drama as an exciting way to explore and present them. Daniel A. Kelin, II guides you act by act through every step of the process: choosing a theme, helping students collect oral histories, devising a play to portray them, and staging the play for an audience. You'll watch as adolescents, engaged and challenged by their work, make authentic, meaningful choices and take on new responsibilities as they:
enhance their communication skills by conducting oral history interviews
sharpen their writing skills by composing interview questions
develop their understanding of what makes a good story by devising short plays based on their findings
cultivate a strong sense of their community and of themselves as learners
discover and explore stories from culturally diverse backgrounds
work as a team to produce and present their original short plays.
Kelinprovides numerous classroom examples to show you how the project has operated successfully in other schools and classrooms, and he gives you all the forms and documents you'll need to get going:
letters to parents
worksheets for writing good questions
teacher- and self-assessment forms.
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