To mark the end of the first session of Summer Term @Ross, students in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes presented what they learned through dramatic interpretations of classical English literature, Greek mythology, and a graphic novel.
The Level 1 ESOL class kicked off the fun in the high school library, presenting a play about Pandora’s box and the origin of evil. In full costume, the actors portrayed characters from Greek history and mythology, including Clio, Hesiod, Prometheus, Epimetheus, Zeus, Hephaestus, Pandora, Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera. Their command of the English language and understanding of the difficult prose came through in their delightful acting.
“I am so proud of my students for doing such an incredible job writing their own lines, creating their own costumes and props, and performing! Their hard work, diligence, and overall effort should receive another big round of applause,” said teacher Kristine Hart.
Next up were students from Lance Sun’s intermediate class, who presented about the conflict in the Middle East and the graphic novel Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City. Each student prepared a slide on a topic related to their studies, including Israeli and Palestinian perspectives of the conflict and the history and geography of the holy city. They also explained the significance of the graphic novel as a learning tool, and created and animated their own comic strips.
The level 3 ESOL students delivered selected monologues from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and Julius Caesar. Before acting out their chosen scene, the students first explained the emotions experienced by their characters; for example, we learned that Lady Capulet experienced joy and anxiety upon contemplating Juliet meeting Paris, a potential husband. The acting was superb, and really conveyed the depth of the plays’ feelings.
“What the students were able to accomplish in just a short amount of time speaks to the level of commitment to their studies,” said D’Ashley Wilson, Summer Term @Ross coordinator. The audience agreed. Many also commented on the notable close bonds between the students, who were attentive and supportive of one another during the presentations. The classmates clearly had fun working together on their projects.