Elementary, middle and high school students across Round Rock ISD had the opportunity to further their skills in literature and enhance their knowledge of storytelling through a Shakespeare-immersed lesson.
Provided by Globe Education, students received a visit from members of the organization who provided a unique lesson to not only teach through the words of Shakespeare, but allow students to experience different aspects of storytelling.
“The Globe has worked for years to bring a theatre-based pedagogy into language arts,” said Charles Hobby, Round Rock High School theatre d. “Kids will start to develop a relationship with language and a love of language so it can foster into writing and reading assignments. It focuses on the idea that language is fun to play with.”
Each level had a different established goal with lessons. Elementary students at Berkman Arts Integration Academy (AIA), Wells Branch AIA, Joe Lee Johnson Elementary STEAM Academy, Sommer and Herrington elementary schools were exposed to the art of storytelling through a showcase of the play “The Tempest.” Berkman and Wells Branch AIAs received a follow up to the initial lesson with workshops that integrated the theatre pedagogy to examine the writing and creating of the plays.
“At the elementary level our goal is that they’ll enjoy the storytelling,” Hobby said. “It is a personal experience that will give them the chance to connect and understand that storytelling is an everyday thing.”
Chisholm Trail, Cedar Valley and Walsh middle school students engaged in workshops focused on unraveling and unlocking the secrets in Shakespeare’s text. At the high school level, English classes at Round Rock focused on ideas to help understand the text and to make it active in both the telling and the learning. Theatre students also had the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops designed to help them understand the plays and characters in action.
The workshop for theatre students will be directly applied as they prepare for their production of Romeo and Juliet, which will open on Oct. 27.
The visits were made possible through a $48,952 Tier II Innovative School Grant that Hobby was awarded after submitting his proposal Globe for All. The Globe for All initiative was proposed to help develop a passion for language in students, teachers and the community. Hobby selected Globe Education to collaborate with after studying with them in the past.
Grants were awarded to challenge winning campuses to explore, enrich or design an exemplary model of innovation to serve students and the community. The grants align with Goal 1 of the RRISD Strategic Plan, which states “we will implement, enhance and support innovative teachings and learning models.” Funded through 2016-2017 budget allocations, the grants were awarded through an internal application and interview process.