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Darlene Solomon Rogers

Limited Availability

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • Students will understand that storytellers use their artistry to share messages of unity, community and purpose.
  • We will touch on current events and discuss how to be an active community member and how to be of service within our collective communities.
  • Students will formulate a series of interview questions for the elder interviews, developing their understanding of perspective and context, and writing for a purpose.
  • I introduce the elements of hip hop and how each works together to convey the message of belonging.

BIO

My goal is to engage authentically with each person involved in the learning experience.  My process allows for authentic connection and collective engagement with all students and staff alike.

 

Using the tools of spoken word poetry, storytelling, theater and interview, students will have the opportunity to connect to the past and current social justice events.  Students will pantomime, emulate, and articulate as the elder that they interview.  My desire is to  create intercultural awareness and understanding through theater, music and storytelling.

 

DISCIPLINES

Literary Arts,Theater,

GRADE BANDS

3-5,6-8,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

Elder Interview Project:  
Students go out and interview elders in the community to get their perspective on current social justice events.  Students then perform as the elder they interview.  Students learn elements of interviewing, integrity and ethics, compassion and empathy, creative writing and personal voice, juxtaposing/compare/contrast – how much of this material can you relate to?  How does it mirror you?  Develop authentic friendships/relationships, see the need to be the “young legs” for the older person.  I want to empower students to ask important questions and find the answers in themselves.

 

Poetry and Spoken Word:
Effective presentation/performance (ie: body, facial expressions, emotions), motivational speaking, and self-esteem building.

 

Elements of Hiphop and Music History:
How music evolved from one genre to the next, hip-hop as voice of the people, telling important stories like spoken-word artists do today.  Owning your own storytelling voice – you went through the challenges you went through to be who you are today and help someone else.  We start with listening to rock music and learning the history of how rock music was separated by cultures even though the message remained the same.  By the end of the residency, students will be able to create their own “literary mixtape”, writing spoken word poetry that is performed in connection to their personal choice of music.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Students engage in creative writing , critical thinking, collaboration, theater and story-telling- all effective tools to use in the study of English/Language Arts.

 

The use of the principals of the 5 elements of hip hop allow for word recognition and serve as an instrument for memory retention- a valuable learning strategy in many study areas.

 

I incorporate the 5 cs of learning a foreign language to connect students to each other’s culture to learn how our stories connect multiculturally throughout the world- a natural fit for social studies and history.

FEE INFO

Residency session (contact time with students) 50 min — $150

Workshop with teachers — $165

Planning meetings/prep — $75

Performance fee — $200

Travel to school is reimbursed per mile based on the applicable IRS standard mileage rate

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

http://www.reverbnation.com/BlacqueButterfly

REFERENCES

Javonnie Shearn

Founder of Up and Over

contact@upandovertour.net

971-235-1765

Grade levels include Elementary Middle and High School, various schools in Oregon, Washington and California

Imani Muhammad

Director of Blazers Boys and Girls Club

info@portlandyouthsummit.org

503-781-5313

Various

Chiasio Hata

Teacher

chatamoves@gmail.com

503-975-2748

Buckman Art Focused Elementary School

Various


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