Kicking Off with Crickwing

Posted 1 November 2015 12:00 AM by Lynn Mullin

Target Arts has returned to Blackstone Innovation School this fall! And what a fantastic group of third graders.

Thus far, we have been exploring what it means to be a community and work together toward a goal. Our book this year, Crickwing by Janell Cannon, is a great launching point as we think about how we can be our best selves. The story also led us to our theme for this year’s program at Blackstone: Courage. The students are really good at critically considering what it means to have courage, and can identify it both in the book and in real life.

This group of 3rd graders is also full of natural storytellers. One of their favorite games so far was called Whoosh!, where they jumped in and acted out parts of Crickwing while I narrated the story. That’s not an easy task to do, and it takes an awful lot of courage, but this class is up to the challenge!

We’ve just started the devising process for our final performance. The students voted on a setting (the ocean), and are currently in the process of creating their characters. Once those characters are created, we’ll begin developing the plot and write our script. I’m also very excited because my assistant, Jeremy Gooden (who is the Education Associate at Citi), will also be working with the students to create a song that we can use throughout the performance. Here’s to the beginning of another great program at Blackstone.

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