Melting Pot Theater: Teaching for Cultural Understanding
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PROPOSED AUDIENCE AND TIME FRAME FOR UNIT
This curriculum unit has been developed for students in grades 1-4 in a new elementary magnet school, The Language Academy. The school will provide foreign language instruction and multi-cultural experiences. It will be implemented over eight weeks in seven classrooms; two First Grades, two Second Grades, two Third Grades and one Fourth Grade. This curriculum unit is NOT designed specifically for the Drama teacher, but is designed for use by a teacher with some experience in the use of Drama who is in a “support” position, i.e., a Curriculum/Staff Developer, a Visual Arts teacher, a Music teacher, a Library/Media Specialist, etc. The person who implements this unit must have an overall picture of the whole project and be willing to coordinate all who are involved. This person will be akin to the Producer of a production, although s/he must be prepared to direct a great deal. The person in charge must select classroom teachers based solely on their desire and commitment to be in the project. The Project Leader or Producer will try to get the teachers to have as much input as possible, but must be prepared to provide ideas, resources and support.