When I thought about participating in this seminar I immediately knew what I wanted to call my unit. I love that new video by Michael Jackson called “Remember The Time.” I love the costumes, the music, the dancing, and the visual effects. As I watched the video more and more I began to think about traveling back in time. Wouldn’t it be great to travel back to any period in history and experience first hand what it was like to have lived during that time? What better way to do that than through drama.
Once I had decided on the title for my unit, I needed to think about what I hoped to accomplish, and how at the same time, I could best meet the needs of my students. After careful consideration I knew that I would have to outline my goals for the unit and state objectives as guidelines for the students. I also knew that I wanted my unit to include the following:
-A Historical Overview of Drama
-Exposure to Plays of Ethnic Diversity
-Creative Activities and Experiences to Reinforce the Reading
In recent years we have been working diligently to improve the curriculum in our school. Because of our diverse ethnic population we have been developing a multicultural-based literature program. we hope to expose students to characters and situations with whom they share a common bond. We hope to strengthen cultural awareness and increase tolerance of cultural differences. Keeping this focus in mind I wanted to include some dramatic works which would be consistent with our curriculum.
The most difficult part of designing the unit for me was deciding on a workable format. In order to give myself some type of direction I decided to make an outline. In order to determine what I wanted to accomplish through the presentation of this unit, I thought it would be a good idea to set up my objectives first. The unit objectives are listed below.