Gifted students have been learning about George Washington through school drama by putting together a play about his life. It is an eight scene program, presented by sixth graders.
Guntown Middle School student Preston Justice is playing the nation’s first president in the final scene, at Washington’s funeral.
“I don’t have any lines,” he said during Monday’s dress rehearsal. “I just have to lay down in a coffin.”
There are eight scenes in the drama, including Washington’s funeral. Nearly 110 gifted middle school students participated in the activity. Other scenes included Washington’s inauguration, leading the army, crossing the Delaware, and there is even a scene about his teeth.
The semester long study of the first president of the United States was introduced by gifted teacher Angela Doty after she attended a week long summer teacher institute at washingto’s former home, Mount Vernon.
“The workshop taught us about how to bring storytelling and to incorporate drama into the classroom to teach about the life of George Washington,” she said.
According to Doty, the lesson was important because many people don’t know much about Washington’s life. Students said that they learned details they had not known before about the American Revolution.