Using Drama to Address Social Justice Issues in School and the Community

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Artists, musicians, and dramatists have long been the leaders in the quest for social justice. To gain an understanding of the power of the arts to address social issues, class members listen to a reading of Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit, and examine the work of Ajoka Theatre Productions of Pakistan. They then research a social justice issue and craft a Public Service Announcement that addresses the issue and suggests ways viewers can get involved in the change efforts.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If your school broadcasts announcements, have groups present their PSAs to be included in the program
  • Invite a local investigative TV reporter to speak with the class and/or to watch the performances
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a copy of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Video read-alouds of the book are available on YouTube
  • Requires considerable prep time to collect and prepare required materials
  • Although designed for language learners, the lesson is appropriate for any study of social justice issues
Pros

  • The plan is richly detailed and carefully scaffolded to ensure student success
  • Encourages learners to get involved and be part of the change 
Cons

  • None