Reflecting on the Fall Target Arts Residency at the Blackstone Innovation School

Posted 20 November 2015 12:00 AM by Jeremy Gooden

Lead Teaching Artist, Lynn Mullin, and I have been working with the Blackstone Innovation School’s third grade class for a little under 6 weeks now. And in that time, these incredibly bright and creative third graders have accomplished so much. They’ve engaged in theatre activities that helped them explore literary concepts like setting and character; identified the plot structure and themes of Janell Cannon’s children’s book, Crickwing; and devised a script for their final showcase scheduled to go up in December.

The play (yet to be titled) is based on Crickwing’s theme of courage, and is set in an ocean inhabited by adventurous sea creatures who face the dangers of the deep blue sea. Much like the play’s brave protagonists, the Blackstone’s third graders have displayed courage on a daily basis. Throughout the devising process, they’ve stepped out of their comfort zones by making big and bold character choices; shown a willingness to take risks by answering and asking challenging questions; and supported one another by providing peer praise and constructive criticism.

All in all, I could not be happier with the work this third grade class has done. In the coming weeks, I look forward to seeing how this group comes together as an ensemble in preparation for their final showcase. I am sure it will be nothing short of fantastic!

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