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The Life of a 3rd Grader

by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to visit Govalle Elementary for the final class of our afterschool program. Our Teaching Artist Jessica Ryan has been working with a group of girls for about six weeks. That day, they shared the monologues they had been writing based on characters that they created themselves. After a physical and vocal warm-up, they reviewed their performance pieces and started to improvise The Life of a 3rd Grader.

Building from their character monologues, the girls improvised scenes and learned how to use blocking, pantomime, setting and even some costuming to expand the monologues into new dialogue. They were so engaged in the three scenes they created. I asked the girls about their favorite parts of the class and they responded,

“We had a lot of time to talk about our characters and what we were writing.”

They also agreed that the warm-ups (of which they lead a part of themselves) and teamwork were some of the best experiences from the class. One of the students was so inspired that she expanded her character monologue and wrote an entire play!

I greatly enjoyed seeing their success.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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