Hands-On, Minds-On Classroom Workshops

Kachinas

Extend the learning experience after the school assemblies with follow up workshops that focus on specific aspects of the play. Hands-on, Minds-on Workshops are available to boost imagination, creative thinking skills and self-confidence, while helping teachers reinforce core curriculum standards and help prepare students for tests.

In addition to classroom settings, Act!vated Workshops are suitable for libraries, conventions and family groups.

Using the performance as a launching pad, either Dennis the performer/playwright or Kimberly the performer/director, will answer questions about putting together a show, performing on stage and the stories from the show. The performers Act!vate each workshop to promote learning. They draw upon extensive experience as performer/educators to make the activities fun, memorable and stimulating. Because children learn better when their senses are engaged, each workshop incorporates tangible objects and physical activity whenever possible.

  • Workshops are 30-45 minutes or 1 class period
  • Limited to 30 participants or one class
  • There are two workshop leaders, so two workshops may be scheduled during the same time period
  • On occasion workshops may be scheduled at venues not hosting shows. Please check the itinerary for availability in your area.
  • Workshops are included with residency programs
  • Deaf, Hearing-Impaired and students with other disabilities are welcome to participate.
  • Workshops support Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

PLEASE NOTE: A half-hour pre-show acting workshop for up to 12 participants is included with each show at no additional charge.

Workshops Options:4th graders share their work with Dennis

Writing

3rd grade - Junior High

The playwright demonstrates methods for expository and/or narrative writing; focusing on priming the pump of the imagination and freeing it from self-criticism, and discovering the magic of words as dynamic tools of self-exploration.

During the session the students will learn

How to brainstorm ideas and collaborate on writing scripted scenes

Improvise to promote creativity and imagination in writing the process for turning a story into a script

Addressess the following Common Core State Standards for Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3a, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3b, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3e

K-8 Theatre Standard: Script writing by planning and recording improvisations based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and historyKimberly gives some students some acting tips

"Clowning Around" Performance Art

Preschool - Jr. High

The students participate in physical comedy exercises helping them build self-expression, self-esteem and teamwork skills. P.E. and literature arts all in one class.

Mathew Reason, author of The Young Audience, identifies the central problem facing theatre for young audiences as being "that children tend to feel disconnected from theatre: it is an aspect of cultural production that, unlike music or television, for example, is divorced from the context of their daily lives."

Though the Performance Arts workshop(s) students foster a connection to theatre, thereby developing a sense of ownership and elevating the importance theatre plays in their lives.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to

  • Explore the world of theatre and storytelling as both audience and performer
  • Play a variety of theatre games that encourage creative expression

Addressess the following Reading: Literature, Foundational Skills, Speaking and Listening Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1b, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1d, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.7

K-4 Theatre Standard 2: Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations

5-8 Theatre Standard 2: Acting by developing basic acting skills to portray characters who interact in improvised and scripted scenes

Behind the Scenes

Preschool - Jr. High

In this 45 minute session we give the class a sneak peak at what happens backstage. One of the performer/creators will discuss the research and skills that go into creating the props, sets and costumes. The students will also see a demonstration on how the performers manage to pull off quick costume changes at lightening speed. Questions are answered and the stories are reviewed from a behind the scenes perspective.

Please note, this workshop must take place in the same location as the performance before the set is struck.

Storytelling / Podcasting

2nd grade - Middle School (1 to 3 sessions)

Explore the elements of presenting a narrative in a lively, memorable fashion to an admiring audience. Learn speech and delivery techniques to keep your audience engaged.

Session II: Participants record a folktale together as a group, playing characters and improvising dialogue to bring the story to life.

Session III: Participants work in teams with sound files, editing and putting the final touches on the stories recorded to complete the project. The story may be featured on the Act!vated Stories podcast. (Requires computers.)

"Hand Play" - American Sign Language

Kimberly teaching an ASL workshop

Recommended for mixed ages: Toddler - Adult

A fun, very hands-on introduction to communicating with your hands. Students quickly learn some useful signs and the basic principles of American Sign Language by means of fun stories, songs and games.

By the end of the session, students will be able to

  • Understand a simple story presented in sign language
  • Retell a familiar story including key details
  • Identify characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Know and be able to use at least ten signs
  • Be able to follow simple instructions in sign language
  • Have a better understanding of and appreciation for people who commonly use sign language such as the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired

Addressess the following Reading: Literature, Foundational Skills, Speaking and Listening Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1b, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1d, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.7

History and Culture

3rd - 8th Grade

Students will examine the culture and background behind the folktales they have seen staged. Includes history, geography, culture, music, dance, art and theatre.

K-4 Theatre Standard 5: Researching by finding information to support classroom dramatizations

5-8 Theatre Standard 5: Researching by using cultural and historical information to support improvised and scripted scenes

Across the USA

4th grade - adult

The performers have stories to share - not just folktales, but personal accounts of history, sights, experiences and adventures of non-stop travel across America.

Arts and Crafts

Pre-school - Middle School

The actors visit the classroom to discuss the stories and give the students the opportunity to create a craft related to one of the stories. Such activities may include: mask or puppet making, prop building or set design. Performers will make use of art supplies on hand or an additional supply fee may apply.