Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Summarizing Information about the Stratford Festival
Explain to students that they will be exploring the CBC Digital Archives website in depth in order to raise questions, ideas, and issues about the information they find there. As a class, they will engage in dialogue to discuss the information.
Outline the Opportunity
Divide the class into groups of three. Assign each group one of the following sets of clips from the topic The Stratford Festival: the First 50 Years on the CBC Digital Archives website:
"Opening night: A new age for Canadian theatre"
"Setting the stage" and "Christopher Plummer: Hop-a-long Hamlet"
"Behind the scenes"
"'Shakespeare is dug by the craziest of cats'", "Stratford conquers Hollywood", and "Remembering Tyrone Guthrie"
"Wherefore art thou Canadian directors?"
"Balancing the books" and "Three Canadian Hamlets"
"Fiftieth Anniversary" and "The early days"
If you have enough students and
computers, assign additional clips on the subject. Depending on available time,
you may have students read the entire site before focusing on their assigned
clips, or have them focus solely on their assigned clips.
Ask students to view their assigned clips. They should take notes that summarize their clips and from those notes, generate at least three questions that can be used to lead a discussion of the material. You may wish to have students' questions emphasize the content related specifically to your classroom work, for instance, music, drama, or literature.
Revisit and Reflect
Have each group present its
summaries to the class and lead a discussion. The students in the audience
should contribute to the group-led discussion with comments, questions,
responses, clarifications, and insights.
Alternatively, groups can rotate and engage in smaller discussion groups, sharing their information between two or three groups at a time. Check each group's summaries before beginning this method, and request revisions or additional research where necessary. Circulate among the groups as they discuss.
can write a few paragraphs summarizing what they learned from their peers and
from their own group study of the Stratford Festival. They can include
predictions about the Festival's future.