What a wonderful idea--Sybil
At 11:45 PM 6/8/99 EDT, you wrote:
>Seeing the interest in Chautauquas, I thought I would share our project. Our
>town had a visit from the group in Reno (He did Mulholland who stole our
>water for LA, accompanied by two of Mulholland real granddaughters.) The
>professor accompanying the performer encouraged us to take on a Chautauqua
>project with our students.
>Now for a quarter they study a person from history, create a simple costume,
>develop a talk as the person, and answer questions in character. Then they
>step out of character and talk about their historical research. It has been
>so successful that it is done in our 6th,7th and 8th grade classes each
>year. Coaching is a very important part of it, and since we have 6-7
>multi-age history classes, the 7th graders help the 6th along their first
>time. We give them a simple packet, a timeline to use in developing the
>presentation, a rubric for scoring etc. to help structure the process.
>We also have a professional Chautauqua if possible through our County Council
>for the Arts and the Council for the Humanities. This year Pio Pico, an
>early governor of California visited and was excellent.
>Lone Pine, CA