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The Theatre Action Project

Theatre Action Project (TAP) uses the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. The TAP programs reach more than 16,000 young people in the Austin, TX area.

Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies and community based programs, TAP's team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

Their programs include:
TAP in the Classroom
Youth Theatre Ensembles
TAP After-School
TAP in the Community and Camps


Current Interactive performances:
The Heroes/Los Heroes (K-2nd)
Journey Into the Story (2nd-3rd)
The Courage to Stand (4th-6th)
Courage in Action (5th-6th)
Alternative Solutions (7th-12th)
Assemblies/Workshops (K-12th)
• Engage students with drama, role play, group discussion, and team games;
• Excite critical thinking, socialization, and the development of imagination;
• Inspire students to creatively examine real life dilemmas;
• Are standards aligned (Texas) and accompanied by teacher and family resource packets.




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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Curriculum Areas:Performing Arts
Themes/Keywords: Bullying
Conflict Resolution
Creative Arts
Social Justice
Theatre


Vocabulary
interactive performance, bullying, conflict resolution, social change, social justice


Essential Question(s)
1. How can you use the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How can you become a creative artist?
2. What are some examples of art that have made a positive change in the community.
3. What steps do you need to take to become a courageous ally?
4. How do you recognize injustice (i.e. bullying, harassment, abuse)?
5. What are the steps to becoming a critical thinkers?
6. How can you inspire and encourage others?

Extension and Activities
1. Social Studies: Research and create a collage the art that has made a positive change in the community.
2. Social Studies/History: Identify an historical or present day person who addressed an injustice. Create a biography and timeline for this person.
3. Social Studies: Demonstrate community consciousness by designing creative projects aimed at addressing a need in that community. Create flyers or promo ad to inspire and encourage others.
4. Performing Arts: Create a video or play that align one’s self with marginalized people.
5. Language Arts: Identify bias in a story by looking through different critical lenses. Create a poster or presentation that shows all the points of view.
6. Language Arts: Create a Code of Conduct document that adresses positive behavior, bullying and abusive behavior.
7. Science: Identify and research an injustice (i.e. bullying, harassment, abuse)and share information.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."



pictureSusan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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