The students went to see The Barber of Seville and they each got a ‘backstage pass’ work book to read about the characters, plot and other elements of the story. They seemed very excited about writing reviews of the show. We look forward to having them create their own story based on the Opera that they saw.
The students created their own story with certain parameters. They were instructed to use the characters from The Barber of Seville and put them in a whole new setting. Then they were able to use narrative techniques to design an original story. We encouraged them to think about the information they learned in social studies lessons and incorporate that into the story. The 6th grade worked on Egypt and China this year and so they used those two settings in the play. The stories they came up with individually were very creative and showed that they understood the instructions we gave them. Then the students voted on the stories they liked the best and used that to write a final outline and finally dialogue for the show!
We are working on teamwork this year. Ms. De Guzman and I decided to build on what we did last year and have the students pick a specialized job that they wanted to do. Each student had a choice of job for the final show. They learned about the different jobs in class and also when they went on the field trip to see the backstage of the Lyric Opera. We made graphic organizers for prop design, set design, story/script writing, composing, and costume design. This really made each student feel important, and they were more invested in helping with the final show.