Emotional Literacy  (recognizing emotions in themselves and others and how varying emotions promotes a sense of belonging or exclusion)--The Agents of Change selected an emotion to focus on such as joyous, infuriated, disgusting and understanding.  They created a character that encapsulated the emotion.  In their performance they are acting out the emotion in response to a situation that was age and developmentally appropriate such as not being included in a game at recess.  Their characters respond to the situation as they express their designated emotion.  The students completed different exercises to develop their work which culminated in an group performance for students' families and the school community.

"We can help each other understand our emotions and find a solution to make the world more peaceful."  --2nd grade student

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Students began with selecting an emotion and Illustrating a character that encapsulated the emotion 

Disgusting Doug

Disgusting Doug

Curious Calvin

Curious Calvin

Rebellious Rock and Roller

Rebellious Rock and Roller

Scared Sam

Scared Sam

Fearful Fred

Fearful Fred

Surprised Sara

Surprised Sara

Fuming Thor

Fuming Thor

Infuriated Fred

Infuriated Fred

Inspired Evie

Inspired Evie

Shy Shelly

Shy Shelly

Hateful Harry

Hateful Harry

Students participated in a variety of exercises exploring how emotions can dictate belonging or exclusion and how we react to situations

Performance Costumes

Performance Costumes

Their Emotion written on their shirt

Cooperating Partners

Cooperating Partners

Cooperating Partners observe the students progress and facilitate conversations to help them meet the objectives.

Planning in small group

Planning in small group

In small group student wrote their lines, poems and gave feedback.

Tableau

Tableau

In small groups students begin with a Tableau expressing their individual emotion. Each small group has a situation to react to (ex. People laughing when they get hurt). They react with body language and verbally.

Emotions

Emotions

Skill Building

Skill Building

Practicing concepts of performance and expressing emotions with our bodies.

Students acted out their emotion in a performance for their families and the school community

Celebrating

Celebrating

Celebrating a successful performance.

Tableau

Tableau

Disappointed, Great, Joyful and Worked-Up

Tableau

Tableau

Jubilant, Bored, Frightened and Excited

Dialogue

Dialogue

Offensive--responds to a their groups situation.

Dialogue

Dialogue

"You belong, we see you, we hear you."

Sharing with the school community

Sharing with the school community

2nd Grade Agents of Change promote emotional literacy to students in Pre-K through 4th grade through visual and performing art