Defying Stereotypes

Drama and Broadcast teacher Mrs. Zwolle and Media Specialist Mrs. Baker recently teamed up to lead 8th grade Drama students through a study of stereotypes in an effort to gain understanding of the role stereotypes play in dramatic production. Mrs. Baker guided students through a variety of  activities focusing on stereotypes present in society. After several days of study, students began to  reflect upon how they might personally be typecast by others. In opposition to those labels, they wrote poems titled Just Because defying the prescribed stereotype they had identified. Then students used Vocaroo to record audio recitations of their poems which they turned into QR codes which are now displayed in the main hallway. Students also presented their poems orally in class. Below are a few snapshots of the students’ final products.

For daily activities, check out the PowerPoint utilized to gather the daily lessons: Defying Stereotypes 

Passers by can scan the QR codes to listen to the students reciting their poems.

Passers by can scan the QR codes to listen to the students reciting their poems.

Students' final products feature their personal poems that defy the stereotype that might be projected upon them by others.

Students’ final products feature their personal poems that defy the stereotype that might be projected upon them by others.

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Drama Students Defying Stereotypes

Drama and Broadcast teacher Mrs. Zwolle and Media Specialist Mrs. Baker recently teamed up to lead 8th grade Drama students through a study of stereotypes based upon ethnicity, gender, locality, and occupation in an effort to gain understanding of the role stereotypes play in dramatic production. Students reflected upon how they might personally be typecast within society. In opposition to those labels, they wrote poems modeling Latino feminist Ana Castillo’s “We Would Like You to Know” in which she dispels Latino prejudices. Students presented their poems in class, and then used Vocaroo to record audio recitations of their poems which they turned into QR codes. For additional resources on this lesson, check the related blog posts below.

Recording Stereotype Poems

Now that we have delved into the nuances of stereotypes, and you have created and presented your “We Would Like You to Know” poems, it is time to record them and make them available to our contemporaries.

Go to Vocaroo and record your poem. After recording your poem, create a QR code of your audio. Print your poem and image (photo or avatar) and your QR code. YOU DID IT!

Stereotypes in Drama

During the week of February 9th – 13th, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Zwolle are teaming up for a collaborative lesson on stereotypes.

Below are some of the resources students will be utilizing throughout the week:

NBC News’ Report: Super Bowl Cheerleaders are Some of the Smartest in the Game

Stereotypes Examples borrowed from Microsoft Clip Art

Ana Castillo’s We Would Like You to Know

Latinos Youth  “We Would Like You to Know” Video

We Would Like You to Know-Student Poem

Drama Expert Groups

Image taken from Microsoft Clip Art

Image taken from Microsoft Clip Art

During the week of February 9th through February 13th, Mrs. Zwolle’s 4th period 8th grade Drama students will be partnering with the media center for a study of stereotypes and the role stereotypes play in theater production. In preparation for the lesson, a few select students will research and become experts on designated topics connected to the lesson beforehand. On Tuesday, February 3rd during 4th period, students will meet with Media Specialist Mrs. Baker who will further explain this exciting opportunity.

Attached: Expert Groups Assignments and Expert Groups Graphic Organizer

*Copies of the attached documents will be provided to selected students.