During the months of January and February 2015, the August Wilson Education Project will equip and empower educators to engage their students in meaningful projects and learning opportunities around the life, work, and cultural impact of August Wilson.
WYCC PBS Chicago, jumps into the August Wilson Education Project by providing fun, engaging, informative and educational opportunities for the young people of Chicago’s IMPACT Family Center. This project is designed to help them learn about August Wilson and incorporate his themes into their contemporary experiences. A combination of activities including classes in writing, acting and stage craft, preparation for the annual August Wilson monologue competition, a trip to see The Piano Lesson performed by the University of Illinois, Chicago and a special preview of The Ground on Which I Stand will help students think about the project’s primary question, “What extraordinary 21st century stories do you have to tell about yourself and your community?”
Over the next two months, we invite you to visit this webpage regularly to follow the project and the experiences of the students at the IMPACT Family Center. For more information about the American Masters documentary, the August Wilson Education Project, the August Wilson monologue competition or the IMPACT Family Center, click on the highlighted links.
Photo Credit: David Cooper
"I really love the warm-ups and the theater games because it makes me feel like an actor on Broadway. Our instructors are amazing. They are very nice, hilarious, and very down to earth. I would definitely recommend this program to kids who really love to act and have a lot of confidence because confidence is a very important thing when it comes to performing. Also with me having autism, this program gives me the opportunity to express myself, and I love expressing myself. Overall, the August Wilson program is amazing!!! Thanks WYCC for this great opportunity!"
Jada, IMPACT Family Center
"August Wilson is a great writer who wrote 10 plays and they are very good because they deal with life. I think the August Wilson program will improve me personally because it will bring out my talent."
Aaliyah, IMPACT Family Center
Meet the Odd Squad!
On January 19th, PBS KIDS airs a one-hour special of the highly anticipated new live-action series “Odd Squad,” followed by a full week of new episodes!
Introduce your class to the Odd Squad kid special agents with the following resources designed for grades K-3 to explore concepts in arithmetic and geometry.
Best Practices For Using Media in the Classroom
- Preview media
- Select short segments (Approx. 5 mins or less)
- Check for prior understanding
- Leave lights on
- Play video and discuss
- Check again for understanding and discuss
- Play video multiple times until students understand content
- Do a supporting activity to re-enforce learned content