Historical Perspective Playwriting
Using the fifth grade Common Core curriculum, we have developed an engaging residency that ignites students’ understanding of history through theater.
In the initial stages of the residency, students work closely with our teaching artists to understand the nature of drama and conflict. We then brief the students on the format of a trial, so they can root their subsequent writing in this genre. They then apply those principles to their own playwriting, as they use their knowledge of “The Age of Discovery” to generate original material.
The students collaborate in teams, becoming either witnesses or lawyers for the prosecution and defense. Finally, these mini-plays are staged in front of a live audience, who determine if the Conquistadores are guilty or not for the crimes for which they have been charged. The final show is a thrilling culmination, where all the students play an active role and they physically embody what they’ve learned.
This work not only activates students’ interest in ancient civilizations, but gives them practice with empathy and perspective-taking: key social emotional-learning tenants.
Participating schools include Main Street School and East Village Community School.
Learn more about the benefits of our residencies and contact us to bring this residency to your school.