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Lesh, Jackie Project Overview

Lesh, Jackie Project Overview

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Jackie LeshFulbright-HaysProject OverviewPrior to the trip, my original plan was to develop an artist and author unit basedon using the art of Marc Chagall to recreate the ballet
 Petrouchka.
I have not abandonedthis original idea and I am excited to build that unit into my curriculum for next year;however, while traveling, and immediately after I returned, there seemed to be moreimmediate applications of the information I collected.While traveling in Russia, as a group we were making a list of things that Russiadid not have that we thought of as conveniences. The list ranged from Tupperware toanimal control. I realized as I traveled that when I tried to explain special education to people, only educators on the university level knew what I was talking about. I observeda lack of programs for children and adults with disabilities in schools and in society ingeneral. It was always on my mind while I was there. I wanted Russia to have specialeducation and I had no idea how to do that. It wasn’t until I met Sergey Kolganov that Irealized what my project would be. Sergey is a social worker that works at arehabilitation center for children with disabilities in Murom, Russia. He approached meand asked if we could open a line of communication about special education schools inthe United States. My project is to help Sergey examine the history of human rightsamendments made to the constitution regarding people with disabilities and also providehim with examples of successful programs here in the United States. We have startedour communication and I am currently answering questions Sergey has about TheAmerican’s with Disabilities Act via e-mail.The second part of my project is to create an integrated unit about RussianCulture. I work at an arts based school for students with learning disabilities. When Ireturned from Russia, I made my picture files, lecture notes and other materials availableto the teachers at my school on a public drive. I also met with the art, drama, worldcultures, and history teachers. When I asked the director of the performing artsdepartment to collect information on how the Russian Unit was developing the reply was:
Russia Activities
From Mr. Gray (Set Design):The back-drop for the Russian folk tales performance on October 23Czar Ivan (the Terrible), embodied all that is Russian when he had St. Basil's Cathedral built outside the gates of the Kremlin in Moscow. "The result is a [an architectural] riotof texture, hue and contours that -rather than being chaotic- achieves an unexpectedharmony, drawing the eye of the viewer serenely toward the gold-plated dome thatcrowns the church's spire." Napoleon ordered the church burnt down and Stalin wantedto replace it with a subway station. Preservationists will be employed for a long timesaving this symbol of the Russian culture.
 
From Ms. Lesh (Dance):We have begun to study the different regions of Russia by comparing the different dancestyles and costumes. Russian dances often tell a story or act out a scene. We arecurrently working on the Troika. "Troika" is the Russian word for sleigh drawn by threehorses. This dance represents the prancing of horses as they pull a sleigh. We comparedour culture and examined the geography and climate of Russia to see why a sleigh might be an integral part of Russian life.From Mrs. Weishaar (Music):We will be making Balalaikas and also studying Russian folk music, instrumental andvocal.
 
From Ms. Abigail (Middle School Language Arts):I'll be having them read a couple of stories from the Soviet golden age after therevolution and before the Stalinist crackdown, plus a story by Gogol. The piece deresistance: watch The Inspector General, starring Danny Kaye, and read a couple of scenes from The Government Inspector by Gogol, of which the film is a terrible perversion!From Ms. Parkhurst (Lower School Art):We are learning three symbols and sounds from the Cyrillic alphabet each class as well aslearning one fact about daily life in Moscow during each class. Ms. Demuth is teachingthe students and me conversational Russian words and we plan on practicing somefriendly conversation with Mr. Yuiry soon! We also read the folk tale, Sasha's MatrioshkaDolls and we are now creating our own 2-D versions of Russian nesting or Matrioshka

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