LESSON TITLE: Tour of France
AUTHOR: Carrie Lopez
SOCIAL STUDIES OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to learn about famous world landmarks and how they are expressions of culture through discussion, note taking and writing a tour guides’ presentation of a specific landmark.
DRAMA OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to develop characters with their bodies by creating and becoming a famous world landmark.
COMBINED OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to better understand the culture of a country and develop character through participating in a tour guide’s presentation of France and writing a postcard of what they learned on the tour.
SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS:
Objective 1–Evaluate key factors that determine how a community develops.
TH:Cr1.1.3a. Create roles, imagined worlds, and improvised stories in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Cn10.1.3a. Use personal experiences and knowledge to make connections to community and culture in a drama/theatre work.
TOURIST STOP #1: Mona Lisa Painting at The Louvre Museum
YOUR PART IN TOURIST STOP #1: Sit motionless in a chair the way the woman in the painting sits. Copy how she places her arms, how she holds her head, where she is looking, and the expression on her face.
TOURIST STOP #2: Crepes
YOUR PART IN TOURIST STOP #2: You are a couple people selling crepes at an outdoor booth. Tell the tour group the variety of fillings (see above) they can choose from so they can each order their crepe. Quickly pantomime making the crepes and giving them to the tourists.
TOURIST STOP #3: Eiffel Tower
YOUR PART IN TOURIST STOP #3: Create the Eiffel Tower structure with your bodies. Be ready to “twinkle” (see above fact about the tower lighting up at night) when the tour guide indicates.
TOURIST STOP #4: Disneyland Paris
YOUR PART IN TOURIST STOP #4: A person working a ride at Disneyland Paris. Welcome our group to the ride (Thunder Mountain) and help us load into the imaginary roller coaster. (we can sit on the floor or on chairs) Make sure our seat belts are all on and we are secure. Tell us to stay seated and to have fun! You can choose to join us on the ride and lead us through the movements of the roller coaster if you would like.