Teaching with theatre: Wake Forest students to host Cinco de Mayo carnival at Diggs Elementary
May 4, 2010
Wake Forest theatre students will present a Cinco de Mayo carnival May 5 for students at Diggs Elementary School (950 Mock Street) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Latham Elementary School’s entire student body will be bused to Diggs school that day for the event. Elementary students have parts in a theatre production based on the book Cinco de Mouse-O and there will be relay games, snacks, face-painting, and visits from Wake Forest student athletes and the Demon Deacon mascot.
During the spring semester, the Wake Forest theatre students have designed and implemented a variety of lesson plans using theatre as a teaching tool and following curriculum guidelines provided by the classroom teachers. From staging a Mad Hatter Tea Party and using Peter Pan characters to teach math to dramatizing stops on The Underground Railroad, the theatre education teams have worked directly with children in eight classrooms at Diggs for a 40-minute block each week. Brook Davis, associate professor of theatre, teaches the Wake Forest class and coordinated the project.
Diggs and Latham elementary schools are Equity Plus schools with at least 75 percent of their students on free or reduced lunch. Next year, the schools will merge to create Diggs-Latham Elementary School.
Ellen Sterner Sedeno