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Study Guide for The Bridge and the Dream

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"The Bridge and the Dream" is one of the stories that toured from 2013-2014. This page is for teachers to use with their students to extend the learning experience and enhance their curriculum. The activities on this page are story specific and are designed as follow-up to the performance. Also see the Study Guide Main Page for activities to prepare your students for the show.

On this page: Cast of Characters| Synopsis | Language Arts |Social Studies | Math | Fine Arts

Cast of Characters:

Kimberly Goza: poor wife, dream genie, pyramid seller, police officer

Dennis Goza: junk man

Sets and costumes by Kimberly; props by Dennis and Kimberly.


The Bridge and the Dream is a Middle Eastern story that was included in The Arabian Nights, and appears in many variations in countries of that region. This particular version is most similar to the Turkish edition of the tale, which takes place in Istanbul and Cairo. There are also similar stories in other countries around the world – including our hit tale Follow the Buzz from Japan, which is built on the same theme of a poor man having a dream about a treasure and undertaking a long journey to find it.

This story is presented in a vaudevillian style, with characters that would be at home in a Marx Brothers movie, delivering rapid fire gags, zany non-sequiturs, clever wordplay and slapstick. The principal characters are dressed in costumes carefully modeled after period Ottoman (Turkish) clothing. There's even an appearance by a genie in a dream sequence performed in dance to original music. This story also offers optional roles for kids from the audience.

Story begins at 3:49

Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature Standards: RL:K.2, RL:K.3, RL:1.2, RL:1.3, RL:2.2, RL:2.3,RL:2.5, RL:3.2, RL:4.2, RL:5.2

Language Arts

Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature Standards: RL:K.4, RL:1.4, RL:3.4, RL:4.4, RL:5.4, RL:6.4, RL:7.4, RL:8.4

Language Standards: L.K.4, L.1.4, L.K.4, L.3.4, L.4.4, L.5.4


Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature Standards: RL:K.9, RL:1.9, RL:4.9, RL:5.9, RL:6.9,

Math and Fine Art

Make a Fez

A fez is a hat that was popularized by Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. Think, Ali Baba, the Arabian Nights and Aladdin.  They are brimless caps with a tassel dangling from the top. They are commonly red or scarlet.

View How To Make a Fez Video

What you need:

  • a brown paper bag
  • scissors
  • tape and glue
  • yarn
  • a pencil
  • optional: markers and other things to decorate with like glitter, scraps of fabric, confetti, etc

Relevant Common Core State Standards

CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.2 Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.B.4 Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.
CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.A.2 Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions.