This is What I've "Scene": Theatrical Depictions of Survivor Stories

 National Jewish Theater Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 2 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 National Standards for Theater Education, ISTE-NETS, Common Core
Subject Area:
 Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Language and Composition, Visual & Performing Arts, Theater Arts

In this activity, students will develop historical narrative monologues using the IWitness testimonies of Holocaust survivors, witnesses, and liberators. Students will learn how to construct a monologue using a given oral text, and will learn how to dramatically enhance the presentation of that monologue by creating and staging tableaus—or “stage pictures”—which give the monologue added visual interest and help to illuminate the stories.

Using provided search terms, students will choose video clips from which they will derive their monologues. They will look for stories that speak to them personally, and honor the survivor or witness by sharing his/her story as honestly and as faithfully as they can.

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