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Lesson Plan

Theatre: Persuasive Explorers
Subject: Art
Grade span: 4 to 12
Duration: Two to three 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Making Connections to History and Culture


This lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Making Connections to History and Culture. In this activity, students examine early explorers in history and do a role-play, taking on the character of an explorer and other key personnel, and learning about the political and social settings in which the explorer lived.

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