In-School Programs

 

EDUCATORS!

 

Shakespeare in Delaware Park (SDP) is elated to have just completed its 38th anniversary season of free Shakespeare performances in Delaware Park to record breaking numbers.  Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to providing free, high-quality public theatre to the widest possible audience. Our goal is to enrich, inspire and entertain diverse audiences through performance and educational programming, with a focus on the works of William Shakespeare. We are committed to mentoring students and professionals, and offering adults and children opportunities to experience and appreciate live theatre.

 

Shakespearience is an all-inclusive in-class program designed specifically to help high school students unlock the magnificent world of William Shakespeare. SDP has also aligned our programming to the Common Core Standards.  All of our lessons and performances are led by trained Shakespearean actors, giving students the opportunity to explore the language through “page to stage” exercises, culminating in a complete understanding of the Bard’s text.  These teachings smoothly translate to classes, as well as essays and exams.

 

We at SDP know that school budgets are being cut more each year, affording students fewer opportunities to fully experience their education. That is why we have many variations of performances and residencies to fit your particular needs and each is easily adaptable to fit the goals and budgets within your department. We know that with the current budget constraints, it is more important than ever for us to make the greatest effort to expose children to culture and the arts.

 

We are also pleased to announce that for the 2013-2014 School Year we are partners with APL (Arts Partners for Learning). More information can be found on their website at www.aplwny.org

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Shakespearience Programs for the 2013-2014 School Year:

 

Speaking Shakespeare

Program type: In School, After School: Workshop, Classroom Activities: Grades 6-12

Content Areas: ELA

Art Form(s): Theatre

Cost: $500 per day of residency (2 day minimum), $250 per workshop

 

This program will focus on the basic elements of theatre and understanding Shakespeare’s text using the Staircase of Complexity. We will delve into the historical and cultural context in which William Shakespeare’s works were written using Knowledge in the Disciplines. This program will be in a customizable format allowing schools to use this program as either a workshop or residency.

This program targets 6 through 12 graders and covers the Common Core Learning Standards. This program will work in any open space.

We at Shakespeare in Delaware Park enjoy collaborating with the teachers in order to tailor our lesson plans to what the students are learning. By Collaborating, it allows our Teaching Artists to prepare direct, relative materials (balancing informational & literary texts) & to build on students’ existing interests and knowledge base of theatre. This program topic is also an introduction and can be used with students who have no previous knowledge of Shakespeare.

Speaking Shakespeare will examine Shakespeare’s words by engaging in rich evidence based conversations about the text. Text-based Answers will also allow students to discover clues in the text (such as watching punctuation, iambic pentameter, etc.) which leads them to exercises in paraphrasing. By paraphrasing, students will write from the sources and build their academic vocabulary directly from Shakespeare’s texts.

Along with following the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA, Speaking Shakespeare will cover both Arts Standards 1 and 4. For Standard 1, students will work as both an individual and group exercises and perform their paraphrasing samples. Then combining Standard 1 and 4, using the cultural aspects of Shakespeare’s history, students will compare and contrast Elizabethan & current times. This will further aid understanding of the text.

Students will leave this program, Speaking Shakespeare, with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Shakespeare’s time in history, relevance to today’s society, basic stage craft information, and how to analyze the script for clues on how to speak and act the text, whether that is in class, as an actor or a part of a creative team, or as an audience member.

 

Being Shakespeare

Program type: In School, After School: Workshop, Classroom Activities: Grades 6-12

Content Areas: ELA

Art Form(s): Theatre

Cost: $500 per day of residency (2 day minimum), $250 per workshop

 

This program will focus on the basic elements of theatre and understanding Shakespeare’s text within the context of history. This program will be in a

Customizable format allowing schools to use this program as either a workshop or residency.

This program targets 6 through 12 graders and covers the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA. This program will also work in any open space.

We at Shakespeare in Delaware Park enjoy collaborating with the teachers in order to customize our lesson plans to what the students are learning (using the Staircase of Complexity). This allows our Teaching Artists to prepare direct, relative grade appropriate materials & to build on students’ existing interests in theatre. The program topic is also an introduction and can be used with students who have no previous knowledge of Shakespeare.

In this program, Being Shakespeare, we will balance Shakespeare’s plays and writing as well as other informational texts and examine them through an actor’s perspective. This program, like our other program Speaking Shakespeare, we used Standard 1 in our structure. The program will begin with textual analysis to engage in text-based conversations for an introduction on clues to breakdown the text. This is the foundation for understanding Shakespeare’s language.

After some basic textual exercises, students will begin to explore and play with the possibilities and choices an actor has when examining the text while building a transferable vocabulary. All students will have the opportunity to perform. A major component of this program is Character development which they will do in writing from evidence taken from the plays. As stated in the objectives, students will interpret physicality, movement and analyze character development based on the given text to gain knowledge about the world and to create a well-rounded character. There will be both individual work and group collaboration throughout this program, which will conclude in a final performance in front of their peers.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information at (716)856-4533 or email is at SDPeducation@shakespeareindelawarepark.org.

 

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