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21st Century PACT After School Intervention Program: Drama

Michael Minnix

Lincoln School 200 North 12th Street
El Centro, CA 92243



Activity Description

Students (Grades 3-5) produce an abbreviated (but not rewritten or modernized) version of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The performances are staged at a local community theater. Actors from that theatre company help throughout as directors‚ vocal coaches‚ advisors‚ and tech crews. The roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth will be played by professional (adult) actors‚ while all other roles will be distributed among the elementary students. Some performances will have a student-only cast.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 30

Range of Student Ages: Nine to twelve years old

Duration of Activity: Three-quarters of the year

Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: All students are considered at-risk (Title I) and many are migrant.

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Literacy
The students read and memorize the script‚ which was previously edited by the instructor. They also create programs‚ flyers‚ and other promotional items.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
The Community Theatre volunteers/actors range in age from 16 through 65. All theatre members bond to some degree with the students in their charge‚ and often students from Lincoln join the community theatre for their Christmas and teen theatre programs. Also‚ parents volunteer to help with costumes‚ props‚ and set building.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Selection of props‚ costumes‚ and appropriate actions to go with spoken dialogue. There are daily discussions of the play's content‚ similar to a Great Books Discussion‚ which foster decision-making and persuasion.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
There is educational outreach to students in the audience following (and prior to several of) the performances. There will be a couple of fundraising presentations to local service clubs as well.


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