Using Video to Chart Students’ Oratory Progress

Editor’s Note: In this post, eighth-grade teacher and Ford’s Oratory Fellow Giani Clarkson shares his experiences teaching the art of oratory to his students in Washington, D.C. As we begin a new year, and resolutions abound, taking a look back with students can be insightful. Honoring one’s past is a good thing—not only does it…

The Glass Menagerie: Meet the Characters

Tennessee Williams’s memory play, The Glass Menagerie, focuses solely on the insular world of the Wingfield family. The Wingfield apartment is a confining space in both structure and feeling, and is filled with unrealized hopes and dreams. The portrait of their absentee father hangs on the wall, reminding them daily of their insignificance to the…

Using Historical Fiction as a Teaching Tool

Philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin famously said, “History is written by the victors.” As historical fiction increases in popularity, though, writers of every medium are challenging that maxim and are rewriting history. At the October 1st Teacher Preview Workshop and Performance, we discussed the role historical fiction plays in Jessica Dickey’s play The Guard, as…

The Littlest Lincoln Fans: Bringing Young Kids to Ford’s Theatre

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Students older than the third grade are our primary student visitors at Ford’s Theatre. But at least once a year, the Education Department has the opportunity to host a first- or second- grade class field trip to our site. It’s always so much fun to plan an experience for this age group. In fact, it’s…

Classroom Tips: How to Discuss Controversial Topics

Editor note: July 7 marked the 150th anniversary of the execution of Lincoln assassination conspirators George Atzerodt, David Herold, Lewis Powell and Mary Surratt. All were ordered to death following a military tribunal held in Washington. The question of the guilt or innocence of Mary Surratt, in particular, and generally the legality of a military…

Social Media in the Classroom: How a Virtual Field Trip Connected Thousands to Ford’s Theatre

Editor’s Note: On March 26, 2015, Discovery Education and Ford’s Theatre hosted a Virtual Field Trip, connecting with thousands of students in their classrooms. One of the teachers watching was Colin Sinko, a fifth-grade teacher at Carver Elementary School in Wendell, North Carolina. Colin subsequently brought his students to Ford’s Theatre, and the class engaged…