Wesley Heights, Year One
Jolivette – Austin Sargent
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
- Students will recount the accomplishments of James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, and Tomichichi.
- Students will use improv skills to accurately explain the founding of Georgia.
- Students will listen and respond appropriately, forming complete thoughts and sentences.
SS2H1 Describe the lives and contributions of historical figures in Georgia history.
- James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove (founding of Georgia)
ELAGSE2SL1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
- Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
ELAGSE2SL4: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
TA2.CR.1 Organize, design, and refine theatrical work.
- Use imagination to create characters.
- Use theatre vocabulary (e.g. character, setting, dialogue, plot, problem, resolution, cause, effect).
Theatre Arts and Social Studies
None, any open space
The PAIR Specialist started by introducing the concept of Improv.
“Improv” is just a big fancy theatre word that means we make it up as we go along. There are no wrong answers in improv! Imagine your teacher gave you a test and no matter what you wrote down it would be right.
It’s helpful to start with some warmup questions like:
What color is the cheese on the moon?
What’s the name of my pet moose?
What did I eat for breakfast last Tuesday?
Students will start to get the giggles and be more likely to volunteer when you actually start the activity.
With this class, we pulled 3 or 4 volunteers up at a time and would tell them that each good story starts with “Once Upon a Time” and then would tell them which historical figure their story needed to be about.
In order to maintain the Theatre integration it is important to ask them questions using Theatre vocabulary (setting, conflict, resolution). Also, have students refer to themselves in the first person to really enforce the character background.