Brewer, Year One
Whatley/ Straughter/ Thomas – Beth Reeves
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
- Students will be able to describe who Henry Hudson was and his accomplishments.
- Students will learn to empathize with Henry Hudson and his journey.
- Students will use theatre skills to emphasize learning of social studies content about Henry Hudson.
SS3H2 Describe European exploration in North America.
- Describe the accomplishments of: John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France).
TA3.CR.1 Organize, design, and refine theatrical work.
- Create characters with specific traits (e.g. physical, vocal, emotional) that respond to imaginary circumstances.
Social Studies and Theatre
- Open space in the room
- Various objects
- The teacher or facilitator will blindfold a volunteer to go through the “Minefield”. Students will place items to represent mines (anything inside the classroom).
- With the help of communication per student, the volunteer will attempt to get through the field.
- The facilitator should coach students to give clear and specific instructions.
- The teacher should integrate the content of the lesson at this time and students can become a substitute for the mines. “Let’s pretend that this is a field of challenges that Hudson has to endure during his journey on the Discovery ship?”. “How frustrated might he have felt?”.
- Students can be substituted into the games as “First Expedition”, “Second Expedition”, etc. Students can recite lines that mines represent.
3-5 minutes- What were we doing? What did you see us doing? What do you wonder?