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World History Students Bring Characters to Life

Freshmen students dressed as characters from history in a "Living Wax Museum" activity in World History. Pictured is Katie Fritz as Winston Churchill, Kaitlyn Akers as Cleopatra, Nick Pattison as Homer, Elijah Grignon as Pancho Villa, Dylan McCoy as Fidel Castro, Thomas Donton as Saddam Hussein, Michael Newman as Maximilien Robespierre, Aman Hyrams as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Reid Handy as Napoleon, Andrea Chavez as Cleopatra, Peter Ausiello as Peter the Great, Roman White as Toussaint L'Ouverture, Courtney Blackman as Catherine the Great, and Paige Meyer as Queen Elizabeth I.

World History took on a real-life flavor at CHS 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 PowerPoint,” 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, CHS Media Coordinator
Posted: Jan 17, 2013 by Paula White

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