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Reporters in Search of Truth

Last week two leaders from CUNY's Applied Theater master's program led workshops with our seventh graders, using situations related to the curriculum to create a drama that raises questions about the nature of truth.

Boys were immersed in theatrical scenes and given roles to play as journalists investigating a controversial issue. As reporters they questioned one another about the future of a small town business, exploring ideas such as what it means to landmark a building, whether "big box" stores can be trusted, and if young people must follow in the footsteps of their elders.

Through this exercise, the boys observed and tried on various points of view, interrogated perspectives, and made their own meanings. After gathering information, they worked together crafting headlines and leads for a hypothetical news story.


The workshop culminated with reflections on the way information is packaged, delivered, and perceived, and, importantly, on what constitutes "truth." The boys have been connecting what they learned and explored through this workshop to their study of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Using theater in education is a dynamic and powerful way for our boys to think critically and demonstrate intellectual curiosity about complex ideas and issues.

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