Learning outcomes shared with song and dance.
We presented the play "Incredible Westward Movement" with our 3/4 grade class, as they are studying Idaho History. The students loved the play, and the sense of humor was right on for this grade level. The songs were easy to learn, and the historical content was there.
I always struggle with the white-washing and retelling of Manifest Destiny, without a conversation of the cost to First Nations. I appreciated the addition of the Trail of Tears, however I was unsure how to cast a group of non-native students in those roles. Sacagawea was similarly challenging.
Overall, the play was a hit. Students and parents reacted positively to the performance and it was really fun for them to demonstrate their learning with singing and dancing, rather than writing an essay or taking a test.