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Activity Name: PRE-READING ACTIVITIES
Discuss different types of dance students are familiar with and whether they associate those styles with boys or girls and why they make those connections. Have them write down any myths or misconceptions they have experienced or know about regarding gender stereotypes (“what boys do” and “what girls do”). Then have them research important figures who have defied traditional gender stereotypes and discuss how these figures have demonstrated that gender roles are limiting.
★ Correlates with: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3-5.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Have students read the NewsELA article located at
https://newsela.com/articles/girls-brilliance/id/26309/ and discuss the gender stereotypes outlined in the article. Have them consider this article as they write a short narrative about a kid choosing to pursue a hobby or interest not considered “typical” for their gender.
★ Correlates with CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3-5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
VOCABULARY/USE OF LANGUAGE
Students may find unfamiliar reading or dance-related vocabulary in the novel. Using either context clues or traditional dictionaries, have students define new words. Some examples are roundoff (p.6), hermit (p. 24), choreography (p.46), développé (p. 62), plié (p.62), jeté (p. 177).
★ Correlates with CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3-5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
This website defines traditional ballet vocabulary in descriptive, easy-to-understand terms.
This is a British website covering the activities of a project dedicated to encouraging interested boys to dance. It is a fabulous resource for videos, pictures, and articles about boys in dance.
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