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Cuthbertson High School students create living history

Wearing costumes they made, students pretend to be the historical figure they researched. Pictured, from left, are Cuthbertson High School ninth graders Emma Sosinski (Pachacuti); Kennedy Vela (Joan of Arc); Alex Marchesani (Remses II); Stefie Tokpah (Cleopatra) and Adriana Baker (Queen Anne). Pictured below are Grant Wood (Michelangelo) and Chad Morris (Abraham).

World History took on a real-life flavor at Cuthbertson High School this week as ninth-grade students, dressed as historical figures, created a living museum in the media center.

Students in Nathan Hahn’s and Paul Edwards’ World History and World History Honors classes participated in a “Living Wax Museum” project, which involved about 150 students.

Students researched their historical figure, created a costume and some type of prop, wrote a monologue from the perspective of the character and then performed that monologue for students who passed their location.

“I wanted to have them take a look at all the people they studied so far – plus – it’s just downright fun,” Hahn said.

Wearing costumes they made, students had to pretend to be the historical figure they researched. As other students walked past, these “historical figures” talked about their life.

Some of those historical figures included Marie Antoinette, Fidel Castro, Napoleon, Richard Nixon, Cleopatra, Martin Luther King, Jr., Michelangelo, Galileo, Mother Teresa, Saddam Hussein and Peter the Great.

Bryan Griffin portrayed Simone Bolivar, who liberated multiple Latin American countries from Spanish rule in the 1800s. “This is a lot better than just sitting in class and learning from a Power Point,” Griffin said.

Emma Sosinski talked about Pachacuti, the ninth Incan leader who is described by some as a visionary who created the social, political and ceremonial order of Incan society.

Dezarae Tilley portrayed Athena, the goddess of Wisdom. “It was easy,” she said. “It was Greek mythology so we didn’t have to make it up. It was more interactive than a boring PowerPoint. Getting involved made it more fun.”

World history teacher Paul Edwards says the living museum is an excellent teaching tool. “It gives them real life experiences. They actually become the characters and some of them are very impressive. It gets them thinking critically, and outside the box.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator and Paula White, Cuthbertson Media Coordinator
Posted: Jan 10, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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