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  • Presenting Historical Fiction at Historic Ford's Theatre

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    At Ford’s Theatre, we often face an interesting dilemma when presenting plays and musicals that have ties to history. Because Ford’s is inextricably tied to our national history with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, many in expect any aspect of American history portrayed on our stage to be 100 percent truthful to the facts.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Production Resource
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Interview with Historian Kate Masur About the Book "They Knew Lincoln"

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    They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington’s recounts the complex relationship between Lincoln and Washington’s African-American community. Kate Masur, a professor of history at Northwestern University, facilitated the reissue of the book for the first time since the original run in 1942. This edition includes a new introduction by Masur on John E. Washington and the Washington, D.C., he knew. Here, she offers a preview.

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    • Topic:  Abraham Lincoln, Civil War Washington, Ford’s History, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type:  Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Dorothy Comes to Ford's Theatre: Ines Nassara on Performing the Iconic Role

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    Actress Ines Nassara will perform the role of Dorothy in Kent Gash’s exciting new production of The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre during spring 2018. Ines spoke with us about taking on the role of Dorothy, what The Wiz means to her and the costar she can’t wait to meet.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Readings, Production Resource
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Acclaimed Theatre Director Kent Gash Explains the Cultural Significance of "The Wiz"

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    "Isn’t it always a good time to remember that our world and our life can be and in fact should be, 'A world  full of love, like yours, like mine, like home?' How different might the world be if we remember that?" Hear more from The Wiz director Kent Gash.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Production Resource, Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • How to Make the Most Out of a School Trip to Ford's Theatre

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    Most visitors come to Ford’s Theatre to learn more about that one fateful night in 1865. But a school trip to Ford’s should be more than just seeing Booth’s gun and visiting the box where Lincoln was shot. How can you make sure that kids leave Ford’s with a better understanding of the bigger picture?

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    • Topic:  Assassination, Civil War Washington, Ford’s History
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Celebrating "The Wiz": How the Showstopping Musical Came to Be

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    The Wiz first premiered on stage 43 years ago! Challenging Broadway norms, The Wiz was one of the first production with a majority African-American creative team and an all-African American cast.

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    • Topic:  Theatre Productions
    • Type:  Production Resource, Readings
    • Grades:  6-8, 9-12
  • Improving Student Comprehension: Analyzing Word Choice in Primary Source Texts

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    Teacher Joyce Erb-Appleman shares how she helped a colleague use a close-reading approach to analyzing word choice to help students gain a deeper understanding of a primary source text.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Four Children's Book Recommendations to Introduce the Lincoln Assassination to Your Kids

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    It’s never too early to learn about the Lincoln assassination. Whether you are looking for a way to introduce Lincoln’s assassination to elementary school students or an interesting novel to make history come to life for your own middle-school child, the Ford’s Education team has readers of all ages and skill-levels covered.

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    • Topic:  Assassination
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • Strategies for Students: Overcoming Stage Fright in Public Speaking or Performance

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    To be an effective public speaker, students need to understand a variety of elements, including use of  appropriate tone, natural gestures and effective eye contact. If stymied by stage fright, all of their hard work might feel for naught. professional actors and teaching artists Victoria Reinsel and JJ Johnson share some of their best strategies and advice for teachers and students to calm nerves and speak with confidence.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  How-Tos
  • We Can Talk About Politics In The Classroom

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    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) surveyed more than 10,000 administrators, teachers, counselors and support staff about their post-election classroom and school environment. Data showed that half of teachers surveyed were uncomfortable bringing up the election and politics in their classrooms. We must build a community where students feel comfortable exchanging ideas. Creating a safe learning environment starts on day one of the school year.

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    • Type:  How-Tos