Esperanza Rising

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This summer, Urban Arts Partnership Teaching Artist Kelsey Van Ert taught 5th graders at PS 154 in Harlem the book Esperanza Rising. To supplement their summer reading, both classes investigated their own family histories and wrote poems about the immigration stories of their families.

The students learned about tableaus, a basic theater technique, and how they can enhance a live performance. They then worked in groups to create tableaus and turned them into 5 minute shows.

Some of the students were unable to make it on the day of the final performance. In true “the show must go on” fashion, the students worked to gather to create a brand new piece to present, minutes before their performance.

In the end, our student’s families and friends were moved by the performance. This project was a great success!