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AZ Theatre Standards
ATR1-Apply research to script writing, acting, designing and directing
PO1. Identify a variety of sources (e.g. library, school, community) to supply information about characters, environment, etc.) to improve performance.
PO2. Evaluate the research materials for appropriateness and usefulness to support character, story development and design
AZ Cross-Disciplinary Standards
CDH6-Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines in the curriculum are interrelated with theatre
PO3. Dramatize a concept from other subject areas (e.g. math, science) through pantomime, rap, two voice poems, or other performance medium
PO4. Improvise a scene, demonstrating a science or social studies concept (e.g. enact a scene about a major scientific figure of a scene demonstrating how a scientific principle solves a problem)
AZ Social Studies Standards
AR4H-Describe the narrative of the people and events associated with the development of the United States Constitution and describe its significance to the foundation of the American republic, with emphasis on:
PO 5. the contributions and roles of major individuals, including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin
Fastball Freddie Puppet crayons/markers
Internet photos of Presidents
Construction paper scissors
Kazoo's (one per student)
Building a Machine: Ask all students to sit in a circle and ask for one volunteer. This student will go into the center of the circle and become the first part of the "machine". He or she will make a vocalized sound, or something resembling a clap. One by one, each student joins until the entire class has joined and the machine is complete. Let the machine run in fast forward, rewind, slow motion, and etc.
Play "take me out to the ball game" on kazoos
Introduce Fastball Freddie to the students and tell him that he is a baseball fanatic! Freddie will then share some incredible baseball facts. Share with Freddie that today the students are learning about the Presidential process and some facts about the political system. He will then make parallels between baseball and politics (e.g. democrats and republicans = National and American leagues, interaction with voters = autograph sessions with fans, etc.).
1. Students will decide on which President they want to do research.
2. Use the library and/or the Internet to find out facts about their chosen President (e.g. place of birth, political party, years of term, interesting facts, involvement in any major historical events).
3. Produce "President Cards" that show a brief collection of the data gathered by their research.
4. Produce a rod puppet with the head of his or her President as the figure. The student will present the information to the rest of the class by means of a first-person narrative.
5. After the presentation, the student will pass out the cards to each student.
Student Product Rubric and Student Self-Evaluation sheet.