Pretend you are a teacher at a school that encourages teachers to collaborate with the specialists listed below:
Resource Specialist, Librarian, Media Specialist, Technology Coordinator, Music
Teacher, Art Teacher
Explain how you will utilize at least three of these specialists in your differentiated classroom. Explain the expertise they can offer your students as they work on a research project. Also include the following:
Topic of the research project
Age/grade of the students
Goal of the lesson
Clear examples of how the specialists will enhance the lesson
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In the study of literature, students are always encouraged to examine the different genres. One method of providing students appreciation of the individual merits of these genres is to have them transform the original work into another genre themselves. For instance, students could be assigned to write a poem that captures the theme or characterization in a particular short story. In addition, since many school budgets have had to eliminate fine arts from their curriculum,leaving few outlets for students to exercise their artistic talents, transforming a work of literature into a different genre taps into the creative powers of students.
- Topic of research project: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night/Opera as a literary and artistic form. Creation of a singspeil [German word that literally means "sing-play"]
It [Singspeil] is characterized by spoken dialogue, which is alternated with ensembles, songs, ballads, and arias which were often strophic, or folk-like. Singspiel plots are generally comic or romantic in nature, and frequently include elements of magic, fantastical creatures, and comically exaggerated characterizations of good and evil.
- Age/Grade of students: 15-18 (10th, 11th, or 12th grade)
- Goal of the lesson: Students will learn of the origins of opera, its ties to Greek drama, morality plays, and romantic comedy, and other music forms. Students will redo an Act or selected scenes from Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare after having read and studied it. In creating their own operatic pieces and visual scenes that they will perform, students, will,thus, have exercises in the fine arts, utilizing their often untapped talents. Students will cooperate with one another, coordinating their interests; for instance, one student may wish to work with others in composing a song. **Particular attention will be given to the scene in which Maria tricks the pompous Malvolio into wearing a garish outfit that combines all the garments that are repugnant to the object of his love, Olivia. Sir Toby Belch has a laugh at his expense, and is a comical character himself, whom someone can play.
- How the specialists will enhance the lesson: The Music Teacher can familiarize students with opera through her own explications and with the aid of the Media Specialist, who can have students view actual arias and scenes from Singspeils, along with a production of Twelfth Night. The Art Teacher can direct students in the creation of sets, costuming, posters, and programs. The Media Specialist can also direct students in the projections of images, backgrounds, etc. for the scenes to be acted and sung. The Music Teacher also can direct anyone who wishes to sing or perform by playing a musical instrument.
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