Ms. Kara's class of 4-6th graders got to tap into their inner strange party guest. The game works by dividing the class into three groups audience members, party guests, and the host. The host steps outside the room while Ms. Kara assigns each party guest an "endowment." The audience is in on it and everyone practices how they will act out endowments such as "really depressed," "wannabe cheer captain," and "coffee addict" to name a few. The host is invited back in and the students act out their assignments.
The game got students out of their desks and challenged them to get up in front of their peers in a comfortable setting. Performing arts exercises help students feel comfortable speaking in front of a class while boosting their confidence. Ms. Kara prompts students to tap into different facets of their personalities and conceptions of other people. By acting out exaggerated characters they get to see, even if it is just humorously now, what it is like to be different from what they assume is "normal." We don't think any student is ordinary and through performing arts they can embrace all aspects of their unique, wonderful selves while learning to be more accepting of others.