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|Project Title: ||Living Biographies|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Mulready Elementary - Hudson|
|Contact Name:||Laura Mullen|
|Contact Phone:||(978) 567-6170|
|Content-Area(s):||Arts, English Language Arts, History & Social Sciences|
|Community Need:||Education, Human Needs|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Third grade students studied the state of Massachusetts and people who made a difference through the lives they led and the actions that they took. As the students researched the lives of civic and community leaders, they found that they became experts on people, most of whom were no longer living. The teachers and students agreed to bring the characters to life and they worked with a portrayal artist who is also a character education storyteller. She coached the students to be able to teach others about their chosen person by becoming the character through a living biography portrayal. The students developed their characters and performed for each other, for other classes, for their parents and finally for the greater community at the CSL Fair on June 12 at Hudson High School. People visited each student who had a display regarding the life of the character. Students were dressed as the character and delivered a speech by their character.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
The lack of knowledge of history and the important people who made a difference in Massachusetts was the community need. After researching their individual historical figures, the classes agreed to try the idea of the living biographies to see if they could be successful and teach others about people who made a difference but were no longer living.
|Service Component: |
The portrayals were the actual service and the students gave of their time, and talent in the many presentations they gave for fellow students, parents, and then for students, parents and community members at the CSL Fair in June
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The students’ work connected to the Social Studies Frameworks. They had rubrics that were used as assessment.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students decided on their characters to research and then on the way that they would portray those characters in dress, actions, speech and in the presentation board.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students reflected together following each presentation on what they did, how it went and what they learned in the process.
|Community Partners Involved: |
In addition to the portrayal artist, the Hudson Arts Alliance served as community partner, serving on the advisory board and assisting greatly in the production of the living biographies on the night of the CSL Fair.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The students’ participation in the CSL Fair at the end of the year gave them a public forum to share the things they’d learned.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
The large number of parents and other students from across the district who participated in the presentations as audience was one indication of the impact of the living biographies. The involvement of parents and their comments on their students and their own learning was another indication of the impact of this service-learning.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
There were no significant challenges for this service-learning.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.