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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Visit the main hallway to learn more Durham’s 8th grade Drama students.

 

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.

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