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Harriet Tubman: Retelling History Through Dance and Drama

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Scholars listen to several pieces of music in preparation for a discussion about how instruments and lyrics convey emotions. With Harriet Tubman as the focus, small groups create an original song or dance. A reflection piece concludes the learning experience.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • If groups prefer not to perform their dances live, allow them to record themselves then play them on a display in the classroom
  • Employ the practice of closing one's eyes when listening to music—use the exercise as a brain break to calm and refresh participants
  • Display the completed reflection pieces on a Black History Month-themed focus wall
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should be familiar with Harriet Tubman, enslaved people, and African American history
  • Invite pupils to bring in headphones or have a set available for independent listening 
  • Learners get up and move their bodies
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