Our soon to be graduates, have been working in their parallel English main courses lead by Mr Meffert, Mrs Hillesheim and Mrs Battes, on the American drama A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. This story centers around an African-American family in Chicago, Illinois who comes into some money and buys a house in a completely white neighborhood in the 1950s, right around when segregation was still partially legal in the USA.
Our MSS3 kids have been performing theatrical versions of the play, as well as researching the background of movement in the 50s and 60s in America while tying these theme into the modern day movement of Black Lives Matter (BLM) in the USA. On this particular day, the students did an inner and outer circle exercise to gather information on one scene in the play. Students rotated around in either the inner or outer circle to gather information and perspectives from other student on the scene being analyzed and the characters in the scene. After the activity, the students returned to their classrooms and had an active discussion about the information the gleaned from their many partners during the activity.
We will finish the play within the next few weeks, and we are eager to see what our students will learn from the story as well as how they make connections to the current events happening in the United States.