Friday, March 16, 2012

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate- The Performance

In book group, Devon, Jazzmin, Skye, Celine, Ben, LIbby and Jack read, discussed and wrote about The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, a Newbery award winning book by Jacqueline Kelly. This book is set in Texas in 1899 at the turn of the century. Students explored the big ideas of gender identity, the struggle to fit in, and the effect of scientific discoveries on philosophical views of life. After finishing the book, we decided that each student would write a script depicting an important scene in the book. Each author would direct and cast their own scene. The students play a variety of roles in each other's scenes with an item, such as a hat, bandanna, skirt or shawl depicting a certain character. Students have worked hard in a short period of time to write, revise and edit their scenes and then to direct their scene. It has been very satisfying to see the directors helping their actors to fully show the intent of the character in a particular scene. The play was performed on Monday morning March 19 at 8:30 in the music room. The fifth grade along with their second grade partners and Anne Field's sixth grade math class attended the play. The audience was attentive and involved and the cast and directors were wonderful!

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