These performance guides are designed to be useful to academic subject teachers, teachers of the arts (music, theatre, dance, art), and ultimately to students—our target readers.
Each guide contains a description of the performance, the performing company, photos, discussion questions, resources, and activities to help students access the performance and to help teachers connect the performance to the curriculum. The guides align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, enhance learning in all academic subjects, and promote essential 21st century learning skills: global awareness, creativity, critical thinking and communication skills, as well as social and cross-cultural skills.
Read the guide at least one month before the performance and think about ways you could use it within your classroom to best suit your students, curriculum design, and teaching goals. Spend a day exploring the guide, resources, and activities with your whole class, or your students could work independently or in groups. You can develop a lesson for a day or a unit of study to spread across a couple of days, a week or a semester.
We hope that these guides serve as stimulating entry points for you and your students to the wonders of live works of art and ways of using them to spark imagination, promote critical thinking, and enliven the curriculum.
All performance guides will be posted ahead of their performance date.