On Friday, April 21, the Grade 4 students presented their novel study plays. The novel study plays are an exceptional demonstration of their learning of the Generative Topic, מספרים סיפורים ללמד מסרים (We tell stories to teach values). The plays are brought together through imagination, hard work, and dedication. It all began with the students reading, analyzing, and discussing the hilarious novel, Jacob Two–Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Canadian-Jewish author Mordecai Richler. While reading the novel, students made connections between the settings in the novel and real Canadian landmarks. They also engaged in different creative writing activities like writing from the perspective of the different characters in the novel. They wrote character sketches, identified key character traits, and paid attention to the relationships between the characters. Next, students studied the rules of script writing and worked in chaveruta to adapt the novel’s plot into play format. They utilized the writing process to revise and edit their scripts. They rehearsed in class and at home, working on their dramatic interpretations, and developing their Kol Shofar (voice projection and annunciation). Students created beautiful backdrops in art and integrated their Spirit of Canada music learning into their performance. Yashar Koakh to the Grade 4 students on their “fang-tastic” plays!
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