Students use photos of people in real life World War ll events as a springboard to write dialogue between the people in photograph. Students are paired up and create a scene that addresses the issues surrounding World War ll. Working as an ensemble to write the scene allows opportunities for collaboration and compromise. After the scenes are written, students bring the photos to life in front of the class in a theatre format. This allows the students to see other’s point of view while digging deeper into the events and life of World War II. By allowing your students to explore their knowledge of World War ll through the eyes of someone who was there, they learn empathy and better embody the subject matter. This exercise is a wonderful tool to increase presentation skills, empathy and ensemble in your classroom.


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