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Arts-Integrated Workshops

Bring a fun new way of learning into your classroom! Our arts-integrated workshops use dramatic activities to teach lessons throughout the elementary and middle school curricula, and are directly linked to the Common Core State Standards, Wisconsin’s Model Academy Standards, 21st Century Learning Skills, and National Core Arts Standards in Theatre.  

These interactive workshops are split up into two 60-minute sessions that take place in your classroom. We offer a variety of subjects (see below) that can easily be worked into your existing curriculum.

These workshops can be purchased a la carte for $50/workshop, or included in our popular School Partnership Program. To schedule, or for more information, please contact the Theater in Education department at education@firststage.org

 

Grade Level English-Language Arts Social Studies Science Social-Emotional Learning
Pre-K/ Kindergarten
  • Cycles in Nature
  • Our Stellar Solar System

 

Lower Elementary
  • Cycles in Nature
  • Our Stellar Solar System
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

 

Upper Elementary

 

Middle School
  • The Civil Rights Movement

Letter Detectives

English Language Arts

Become detectives in the mystery of the lost letters. Students produce consonant primary sounds, sort words into categories, and exercise using question words in this highly active workshop.

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.D: Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).
    • TH:Cr1.1.K.a. With prompting and support, invent and inhabit an imaginary elsewhere in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
    • TH:Cr3.1.1. a. Contribute to the adaptation of the plot in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

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Fractured Fairy Tales

English Language Arts

Turn familiar tales upside down and act out new endings to old favorites. In this workshop, students explore point of view, beginning, middle, end, recount stories with key details, and compare and contrast main characters in various fables and folktales.

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
    • TH:Pr4.1.1. b. Use body, face, gestures, and voice to communicate character traits and emotions in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
    • TH:Pr4.1.2. a. Interpret story elements in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

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Super Creative Writing

English Language Arts

Develop detailed stories starring your very own superheroes. Through collaborative discussions and an active exploration of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, students will devise their own ideas and write an epic journey of imagined experiences, using descriptive details and figurative language.

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.B: Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.B: Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
    • TH:Cr2-3. a. Participate in methods of investigation to devise original ideas for a drama/theatre work.
    • TH:Cr3.1.4. a. Revise and improve an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work through repetition and collaborative review.

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Greek Mythology

English Language Arts

Bring mythical creatures and fantastical stories to life. Students will retell myths with key details, determine central messages in fantasy stories and poems, and distinguish their most interesting mythical character in this fantastical workshop.

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3: Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
    • TH:Cr2-5. a. Devise original ideas for a drama/theatre work that reflect collective inquiry about characters and their given circumstances.
    • TH:Cr2-6. a. Use critical analysis to improve, refine, and evolve original ideas and artistic choices in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

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Purely Poetry

English Language Arts

Explore rhythm and performance, and create personal poems of celebration. In this workshop, students will compare and contrast the experience of reading and performing poetry, analyze how a poem’s structure influences its meaning, and utilize speech in a variety of contexts to add interest and develop point of view.

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
    • TH:Pr4.1.7. a. Consider various staging choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.
    • TH:Pr4.1.8. a. Explore different pacing to better communicate the story in a drama/theatre work.

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People In Our Neighborhood

Social Studies

    • SS.BH2.b.1 Understand ways people change and adapt to new situations in places and within a family.
    • TH:Cr2-1. a. Contribute to the development of a sequential plot in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
    • TH:Cr2-2. b. Contribute ideas and make decisions as a group to advance a story in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

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Heroes of Yesterday and Today

Social Studies

Step into the shoes of incredible people who helped shape America. Through examinations of biographies, stories, letters and diaries, students will actively construct an understanding of past extraordinary Americans and their impact on values such as freedom, courage, and integrity.

    • SS.Hist3.c.e Explain how something from the past can affect your life now.
    • SS.Hist3.c.i Explain how historical events have possible implications on the present.
    • TH:Cn11.1.3. a. Identify connections to community, social issues and other content areas in drama/theatre work.
    • TH:Cn11.1.4. a. Respond to community and social issues and incorporate other content areas in drama/theatre work.
    • TH:Cn11.1.5. a. Investigate historical, global and social issues expressed in drama/theatre work.

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Les Paul, Wizard of Waukesha

Social Studies

Examine the life of Les Paul and discover the local legend's many attributes which have forever influenced music. Through dramatic activities, students will explore the innovative, problem-solving and creative skills of Less Paul, and how such attributes are an inspiration in their lives and future pursuits.

    • SS.Hist3.c.i Explain how historical events have possible implications on the present.
    • TH:Pr4.1.5. a. Describe the underlying thoughts and emotions that create dialogue and action in a drama/theatre work.
    • TH:Pr4.1.6.a. Identify the essential events in a story or script that make up the dramatic structure in a drama/theatre work.

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Bully Ban

Social Emotional Learning

Through Theater for Social Change, students identify tactics in problem solving, and practice positive conflict resolution. The Bully Ban is tailored for each individual grade, from K4 – 8, and we customize each workshop to address the specific needs of the school and classroom community.  Students develop creative and practical solutions to problems, understand the points of view of others, and inspire others to make respectful and positive choices through example.

    • Learners will be able to recognize the feelings of another child and respond with basic comfort and empathy.
    • Learners will be able to express their emotions in an appropriate and respectful manner in different environments, with different audiences, using a variety of modalities (e.g., verbal and nonverbal).
    • TH:Cn10.1.1. a. Identify character emotions in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama) and relate it to personal experience.
    • TH:Cn10.1.2. a. Relate character experiences to personal experiences in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
    • TH:Re8.1.3. a. Consider multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
    • TH:Re8.1.4. a. Compare and contrast multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
    • TH:Re8.1.5. a. Justify responses based on personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.

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