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discussions, exercises, games before and after the play
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Lessons Does Wizard of Oz Teach Us?
Discussions Wizard of Oz
Discussion / Questions
1. Why does Dorothy want to be
in some other place than Kansas?
2. Do you ever feel like
3. Dorothy is taken to Oz by a
"twister", what is another name for a twister?
4. Oz is a very beautiful and
colorful world, but Dorothy still finds problems there. Do you think
there is any place where there are no problems?
5. Do you think the Scarecrow
really needed a brain? The Tinman a heart? The Lion his courage?
6. The Wizard, at the end of
the play, turns out not to be a Wizard. Though he didn't have the
magic powers of a wizard, do you think he helped Dorothy, the
Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion?
7. It is interesting that
Dorothy had the power to return home to Kansas anytime she wanted to
but she wasn't aware of it. Do you think we often have the power to
do what we want but we may not know it?
8. How many books have been
written about the Land of Oz? (hundreds) Have you heard of any others
besides The (Wonderful) Wizard of Oz?
Roar With Fun!
A Roaring Good Time
at Lakefront Youth Theatre Experience, New Orleans
You saw the Wicked Witch' s
castle, what do you think Glinda's castle looks like?
Draw a picture of your
favorite part of the show; of your favorite character.
Draw a picture of yourself
with characters in the play. Where would you be? What would you be doing?
of Oz Quotes
Discuss what meaning these
sayings have for us in our everyday lives. Can you give an example
that illustrates the meaning?
"Never question the
truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is full of wonders."
-- L. Frank Baum
friend, a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much
you are loved by others..." Wizard
"...if I ever go
looking for my hearts desire again, I won't look any further than my
own backyard... Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to
Talk about Courage!
Cowardly Lion in Wizard Of Oz
is Perfect for Discussion!
/ Questions: Have a
class discussion about the Lion's search for courage. The following
questions could be addressed:
do you think the Lion felt that he needed courage?
are known as the King of the Jungle. The Lion felt that he did not
have enough courage to live up to the expectations of others)
About the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz
School, Cambridge, NZ - British
School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
important is it to live up to the expectations of others, such as
parents, friends, and acquaintances? Do you feel that there are times
when you do not have enough courage? What do you do in these situations?
would you like to do? What is the best thing for you to do?
the Wizard able to give the Lion courage at the end of the story?
he discovered that courage must come from within. As various
challenging situations arose on the journey, the Lion unconsciously
responded courageously because of his desire to help others)
students to reflect upon a time they exhibited courage when they
thought that they lacked it. Have students think about ways they can
students write a commercial or jingle that tells/shows the audience:
How to Cultivate the Courage that Lies Within Us. Some ideas that can
be incorporated are: Believe in yourself. Don't be afraid to say no.
Telling the truth is always the best policy. Don't feel that you must
follow the crowd in order to survive. It is more important to think
Luther King in the Classroom
for We are the Dream
with Classroom Activities
/ Role Playing
common activity is used in classrooms everywhere but it's one
worth repeating from time to time! The activity helps students
understand the concept of "discrimination."
this activity, divide the class into two or more groups. Some
teachers divide students by eye or hair color; some invite students
to select and wear badges of different colors (purple, green, and
other colors that are not related to skin color); and others isolate
students whose first names begin with the letter B (or whichever
letter is the most common first letter of students' names in the class).
a class period or for an entire school day, one group of students
(for example, the kids who have blond hair, those wearing orange
badges, names start with B, etc.) are favored above all others. Those
students receive special treats or special privileges, and they are
complimented often. Students who aren't in the "favored"
group, on the other hand, are ignored, left out of discussions, and
otherwise discriminated against.
the end of the period, students discuss their feelings.
How did it feel to be treated unfairly, to be discriminated against?
Invite students to talk about times they felt they were judged or
How does this experiment relate to the life of Martin Luther King?
Your Kids Live the Dream!
Performs MLK's Dream Speech!
Charteret School, Bloomfield, NJ
aloud one of many Martin Luther King, Jr. biographies to motivate
interest in creating a timeline of his life. Your school and local
libraries are sure to have several to choose from.
a handful of the most important events from the book to start your
timeline. Let students fill in other events as they use other books
(and online resources) to learn more.
at the lower grades might focus on books that emphasize a
"getting along" theme -- books such as The Land of Many
Colors by the Klamath County YMCA (Scholastic, 1993), Together by
George Ella Lyon (Orchard Paperbacks), and The Berenstain Bears and
the New Neighbor (about the bears' fears when a panda family moves in
a U.S. map highlight places of importance in the life of Martin
Luther King. Place a pushpin at each location and extend a strand of
yarn from the pin to a card at the edge of the map. On the card
explain the importance of that place.
/ Role Playing
a list of events that are included on your Martin Luther King
timeline (e.g., Rosa Parks' bus ride, integrating Little Rock's
schools, a lunch counter protest, the "I have a dream speech).
students work in groups to write short plays in which each group
acts out one of the events.
Luther King's "I have a dream" speech is one of the most
famous and often quoted speeches of all time.
Read the speech aloud.
Invite students to listen to the speech. ( Hear
the speech )
Write on a chart some of the "dreams" Martin Luther King
expressed in it.
Ask students to think about the things they dream for themselves,
their families, their country, and the world, and to express those
dreams in their own "I have a dream essays.
simple class or school project can demonstrate the beauty of diversity!
Luther King's dream was to see people of all countries, races, and
religions living together in harmony. Gather seeds of different kinds
and invite each student to plant a variety of seeds in an egg carton.
The seeds of different shapes, sizes, and colors will sprout side by side.
the plants are large enough, transplant them into a large pot in the
classroom or in a small garden outside. Each class in the school
might do the project on its own, culminating in the creation of a
beautiful and colorful (and diverse!) school-wide garden.
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