Monday, September 15, 2008

In-Class Activities: 1930s Mime

During one class session, students chose cards with simple headings related to artistic expression of the 1930s (e.g., mural painters, photojournalists, sculpture artists). After selecting the cards and choosing group members with similar interests, they turned over their cards to learn their assignments.

Below is a video of a group given the following instruction:


Create a mime act that tells the story of Roosevelt’s New Deal. The performance must last at least one minute and you will perform it in front of the class. The performance must involve all group members.

In-Class Activities: New Deal Song

Singers and Songwriters

Write lyrics using the tune for “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” The song must tell about one of the 1930s New Deal agencies and must contain at least two verses. You will sing the song with your group to the class.