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2009-2010 Scrapbook: When animals go wild

December 28th, 2010 by Right Brain Team

Noah Martin infuses students at Jackson Elementary with theatrical process and skills.

Before we put the 2009-10 school year entirely to rest, I wanted to share at least one more story from the field in 2010. One of the colorful features in our traveling exhibit this year was a “listening station” that provided the following (auditory) peek into a 2nd grade classroom at Jackson Elementary in Hillsboro. Since that traveling exhibit has gone to its final resting place, we now offer it for your online listening enjoyment.

Inspired by the book Click, Clack, Moo, by Doreen Cronin, this class at Jackson Elementary worked with theater artist Noah Martin to create dynamic, expository “news reports” of farm animals gone amok.

In the process, they learned to brainstorm in groups with their peers, work with the concept of personification, and attend to the five “W’s” of writing (Who, What, Why, Where, When…and How). Then Noah was able to show off some of his sound engineering abilities and present the newscasts back to their creators complete with sound effects and music.

Take a listen:

If you haven’t seen it yet, pop over to our two-page feature exposing the mad genius of Noah Martin’s teaching approach from our 2010 Annual Report. The Right Brain Initiative is able to thrive on the creativity of its roster artists and I’ll be very happy to feature many, many more of them and their work as we move into the new year.


Right Brain Team