Now to the point of my letter:
I just got an idea while I was waking up for an assignment. Probably at
the grade 10 level. It may be fun to team teach this with another teacher
and their class...perhapse drama, or english.
Towards the middle of a period, I would introduce the idea of the
narrative. Then I would show them slides of the narrative used in
painting, print, and sculpture....things they would expect to see....even a
children's book. I would generate a discussion on what the narrative
is...and it's elements. Before the students leave, I would let them know
that the next class we would see a narrative in a performative form.
The next class I would involve a storyteller friend I know. ...she also
plays the Irish Drum (the Bolon?). I would introduce the topic of the
Narrative and give our a handout with pointed questions that would get the
students to define the elements of a narrative after the storyteller's
performance. I don't think these students would ever have heard of
performance art. So we would have a discussion about their answers and how
performance is an art form.
The following class I would show them examples of performance art -- on
video, from a local gallery, and examples of how the narrative transcribes
Students would then be given an assignment that could involve their own
performance on video, in person, or in a painted form. The choices would
allow for students with different learning styles to choose where they
Anyways, this is only the beginning of an idea......would you please look
at it and offer me some suggestions. :))
the nubie.....Danielle :)
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