Driving Question What's this?
What role does power/status have in determining whose story becomes the "truth?"
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is a play that gets deep into questions of power and perspective. This unit on colonialism and "The Tempest" was a collaborative effort among the Academic Literacy, Humanities and Performing Arts classes. As an essentially colonial play, "The Tempest" was read in parallel with a study of colonialism in the Congo. In the performing Arts section of the unit, we read the play, did various comprehension activities along the way, and then in groups, students chose a scene from the Tempest, translated it into their own language and created a video of their scene. Through this project, students explored issues of power and perspective: How do different events in the play look different from the perspectives of various characters? How do the status of various characters effect whether their verion of events gets accepted as the "truth?" How does the power analysis of this fictional play relate to the real events of colonial congo and the real events of students' current lives? We explored these questions through the medium of video.
Subject Area(s): Visual and Performing Arts
Teaching Days to Complete: 4 weeks
Keywords What's this?
Shakespeare, video, tempest, colonialism, status, perspective, acting, movie
Outcomes What's this?
Students will be able to read and understand Shakespearian language.
Students will be able to write an interior monologue from the perspective of one character.
Students will be able to analyze the power dynamics in a scene.
Students will be able to translate a Shakesperian scene into their own language.
Students will be able to memorize lines.
Students will be able to portray a character effectively, staying in character for an entire scene.
Students will be able to plan and produce a video.
21st Century Leadership Skills What's this?
Manage Projects Effectively, Express Creatively, Collaborate Productively
Graduation Portfolio Tasks What's this?
Creative Expression, Multimedia Project
PROJECT GENERAL RESOURCES
Video (10.8 M)
Video (5.1 M)
Video (2.1 M)
Video (6.7 M)
This project is part of an interdisciplinary group:
Chaosfilms trailer for "The Tempest"
"The Tempest" Video Project
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