Student Projects

Chaos or Community: Learning to Listen How Dialogue Can Save Us All

Author: Angela Guerrero

Grade: 12th

Subjects: Engineering, Humanities

Chaos or Community project photo
Chaos or Community project photo
Chaos or Community project photo
Chaos or Community project photo
Chaos or Community project photo
Chaos or Community project photo
Chaos or Community project photo
Chaos or Community project photo

What happens when we listen well? What happens when we don’t?

How do members of a community create healing after conflict?

How can we be agents of positive change?


Theme: History of Police Brutality & Civil Rights

Products: A student created play

Humanities

Students will write A PLAY. The components of the play will derive from: verbatim scripts from interviews, scenes from important Civil Rights events in history, speeches from Civil Rights activists, scenes depicting current events, and personal stories and social media related to questions about police interactions in communities. There will be a variety of perspectives from history and current events explored and expressed in the performance, looking to find themes and storylines. We NEED VARIETY! We will weave the various scripts together for one performance that answers the essential question(s).

Engineering

Students will also design visual soundscapes and coded images to go with scenes in engineering that complement the performance. Singers, songwriters, dancers and choreographers are encouraged to think of ways to incorporate their disciplines into the final production too. Perhaps borrowing from Greek Tragedy’s chorus structure? The sky’s the limit!

Excerpts

  • Twiglight, Anna Deveare Smith
  • Antigone, excerpt, Sophocles
  • Chaos or Community, Dr. Martin Luther King
  • The Ballot or the Bullet, Malcolm X
  • The War on Cops excerpt, H. McDonald
  • The New Jim Crow excerpt, M. Alexander
  • NEWS… lots and lots of news

Whole text/ small group

  • Between the World & Me,Ta Nehisi Coates
  • Blue Blood, Edward Conlin
  • Always Running La Vida Loca, Rodriguez
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • Burro Genius, Victor Villasenor
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • A People’s History of the United States

Exhibitions: Performance at Chula Vista Black Box Theater Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2016

Skills:

  • Students will analyze media from various perspectives through the writing of SAT styled responses to opinion pieces in media of various political affiliations
  • Students will conduct, video, and transcribe interviews, honing ability to listen
  • Students will write verbatim & traditional scripts
  • Students will take on various roles in the creation and production of a community theater performance (act/ write/ produce/ direct/ design/ sound/ PR & market/ choreograph)
  • Students will learn many coding skills and tech creation skills

September

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
29

Team Time:

Norms/ Hopes & Fears

30

Team Time: Personal Stories for performance & the 6 Cs (introductions)

31 1

Performance day!

2

Team Beach Day (?)

5

Personal Statement workshop #1:

What makes writing hard?

The Many formats of 2016’s Personal Statement

Journaling, sharing stories

6

SAT and college entrance Essays Unpacked

Practice w/ New York Times Op-Ed

**ACT

7

Project Launch

Interviews

Off and on campus (?)

8

Whole class text #1

 

Interviews continued

*Chula Vista High Theater Performance (7 pm?)

9

Literature circle launch

 

Interview wrap ups and begin transcription

*Chula Vista High Theater Performance (7 pm?)

12

Talking about race: Video, journal perform exercise

Transcription cont.

13

Literature circles

SAT Practice #2

Interview transcription complete

14

Twighlight, Anna DeVeare Smith

(Watch 30 minute, unpack, and continue writing/ rehearsing interview performance)

15

Literature circles

Personal statement workshop #2:

Memories

Prepare for Friday performances

16

Performing verbatim scenes

Class text #2

19

Excerpt: Theater of the Oppressed

Catherine Hanna Workshop

Intro to Acting/ Stories on the Stage/ Theater as Social Justice Work

20

Lit. circles

Greek Tragedy: Sophocles in class read looking at “the chorus” as a tool in playwriting

21

Playwriting 101 workshop with The Playwrights Project

22

Following News Stories

Chula vista black box theater performance

8 pm (mandatory assignment)

23

Lit circles

Writing scenes

26

More News More playwriting

27

Lit circles

CLASS TEXT #3

28

Lyceum Theater:   Manifest Destinitus

10:30 am

29

Personal Statement workshop

30

Lit circles

Writing

October

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
3

scene writing continued

4

Lit circles

sat

5

Acting out scenes

6

CLASS TEXT #4

7

Refining scenes

10

Writing workshop ROUND 1: peer critique & combining

11

Play Writing workshop putting it all together: with Catherine after lunch 12:30

12

LIT circles

Finish full play construction

13 14
17

Writing workshop

Critique-WHOLE PLAY– Round 1

18

Choosing Roles

19

Final draft complete

20

Rehearsals/ Read Through

21

Rehearsals/ Read Through

24

Writing Workshop

Final Round

25

Catherine: Acting & Directing

12:30-2:00

26

Refining through doing/

27 28

Final playwriting complete

31

November

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Casting & Project Jobs 1

Rehearsals and

Performance prep

2 3

Personal Statements complete for round 1 of early decisions applications

4

SAT this weekend!

7 8

UC App Essay Prompts

9 10 11

Lit circle final assessment

14

rehearsal

15

rehearsal

16

rehearsal

17

rehearsal

18

School performance/ dry run

21 Thanksgiving 22 Break 23 no 24 school 25 L
28

Rehearsal at Black Box Theater in downtown Chula Vista

28

Rehearsal at Black Box Theater in downtown Chula Vista

30

Performance!

EXHIBITION! Attendance required

1

Final Performance!

EXHIBITION! Attendance required

2

Theater clean up

December

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
1

 

2

 

5

Reflections & DP Update

6

Personal Statement

7

Senior Project Planning

8

Personal Statement

9

Senior Project Planning

12

POLS

Honors research papers due

13 14 15 16

End Semester 1

19

Winter Break

20 21 22 23
26

Winter break

27 28 29 30