Debating The Politics of Performance
Kind of Activity:
Students will be able to form a reasoned opinion about the ethics of casting a hearing actor in the role of John Singer
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.B; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4
To prepare for this lesson, have students read the 2009 article "Hearing Man in Deaf Role Stirs Protests in New York" by Patrick Healy in the New York Times Theater section. Assign as homework the night before, or allow time in class for students to read the article. The article reports the reaction of Deaf actors to the casting of a hearing actor in...
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