Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
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HISTORY ON BROADWAY
Teach your students to be savvy media consumers. In this engaging five-lesson series, American musicals take center stage. Analyzing this 20th-century medium allows students build their critical thinking and media literacy skills by comparing the vision of the past promoted by Broadway classics with primary sources that tell the real story. Each series culminates with the students expressing their newly acquired knowledge through role-play or creative writing exercises.
Every History on Broadway series is five lessons long. Each program is written to last one class period, up to an hour. For New York City schools, a minimum of two programs per day is required to book; for schools outside the five boroughs the minimum is three programs per day. Series cost $600/class for NYC schools or $750/class for schools outside the five boroughs. A $120 planning session fee is added for each series, and an educator will come to your school to set dates and review content with participating teachers.
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WHAT DOES EACH RESIDENCY INCLUDE?
An educator visits your school to meet with the participating teachers to introduce the program and review unit objectives, technology available in the classroom, and school and museum policies.
The class watches or listens to a clip from an American musical along with a primary source, learning the skills used to interpret media and examine a song as a source.
After reviewing the content and skills learned in the first lesson, students view and consider a second song to further their understanding of the musical’s interpretation of the historic era. They explore primary sources—such as photographs, paintings and documents—to gather more evidence on the topic.
Session 3 & 4
Building on the foundation of the musical study, students use theater exercises—such as role-play, improvisation, and playwriting—along with additional sources to expand their content knowledge.
In the final session, students return to the musical to reflect
History on Broadway is funded in part by the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.