In January, 2012, the City Lit teaching artists began working with Ms. Washington's and Ms. Durham's upper level special education classes, helping these students put on a performace of "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears."
The program goals, developed with the teachers, were as follows:
- Help the students develop a cognitive understanding of the text, "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears," and the causes and effects within the story
- Help the students understand and utilize play, art, and imagination to connect to learning
- Have the students develop an understanding of the infused artistry in themselves
- Create an original interpretation and performance of "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears"
The teaching artists taught the students a few theater games for warm-up each day, warming up "our voices and our bodies," helped them design and create their costumes for performance, and rehearsed with them for a guided dramatic adaptation of the book. The culmination was a successful assembly performance by the class.