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Jack Straw and Seattle World School 2014

The Seattle World School is a Seattle public school for newcomers to the United States. During our arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries participated in several projects to help strengthen their new English language and technical skills.

Audio Scenarios

Students began the program by creating audio dialogues about everyday situations to help increase their English literacy and introduce them to audio technology.

Scenario samples:  
The Movies
The Airport
Shopping
Restaurant

They further developed team-building and language skills by conducting recorded interviews of each other. These activities led up to the creation of a book and CD of their holiday traditions.

 

Videos by Jack Straw intern Alexander Karbo

Photos by Jake Muir



Holiday Moments: It Tastes like the Moon

The students began their cultural traditions project with a visit from Jack Straw writer Claudia Castro Luna, who spoke with the students about her life growing up in El Salvador and leaving to come to the United States. Many of the students understood and identified with her story, having been through so much war and change themselves. Claudia is now writing down the stories from her life. She encouraged the students to share their stories, too.

The students captured and shared stories of their culture in this special project on their holiday traditions. Jack Straw writer Kathleen Flenniken encouraged and coaxed the memories from the students' minds and hearts. Why was this holiday special to them? What sounds did they hear; what foods did they smell? Who came to celebrate with them?

After working hard to write their stories, the students came to the Jack Straw Cultural Center to record their writing and create sound effects. Writer Kathleen Flenniken, vocal coaches Meg McLynn and Christine Marie Brown, ELL teacher Laurel Saito, production interns Daniel Guenther and Jake Muir, audio engineers CJ Lazenby and Tom Stiles, and chapbook designer Levi Fuller helped the students share the holiday memories found in the Holiday Moments chapbook and CD.

Holiday Moments samples:  
Thien Phan: Lunar New Year
Salma Ibrahim: Ramadan
Dona Drabo: Tabaski
Michael Alcantara: Christmas

 

 

Photos by Nancy Peterfreund

Photos by Sherwin Eng

World School Stories Interview Project

For our final project of the year with Seattle World School, the students conducted and recorded a series of interviews with World School teachers about their lives.Jack Straw producer Jennie Cecile Moore joined the team to train the students on interview technique and helped them write questions that would bring out the teachers' individual stories. Our engineers then went into the school and recorded the interviews live in the classroom.

Interview samples:

 
Katheryn Kelsey
Lisa Lucas
Svetlana Mamedova Saraswati Noel
Shiri Raphaely Teresita Bazan

Special thanks to the City of Seattle Community Technology, the Washington State Arts Commission, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts for making this program possible.

Our other World School projects:

  • Immigration Portraits (2019)
    World School students created a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America.
  • Hear It from Me: American Dreams and Realities (2018)
    World School worked with Jack Straw's professional writer, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry about their experiences in America.
  • Seattle World School 2016-17 Projects
    During our 2016-17 arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries created audio pieces about the Bill of Rights and sounds of their homes, and studied guitar with Jack Straw artist Bill Horist.
  • Immigration Portraits (2015)
    World School students created a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America.
  • A World of Memories and Poetry Moments (2013)
    In two projects, World School students wrote and recorded original poetry and stories and produced CDs and a chapbook.
  • Health Talk (2012)
    Students from Seattle World School wrote, performed, created sound effects, and recorded dialogues about different health issues in the Jack Straw studios.
  • Poetry Moments (2012)
    Vietnamese high school students from Seattle World School worked with Jack Straw's professional writers, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry.
  • Food Talk (2011)
    Students from the SBOC (now Seattle World School) worked with a nutritionist from Seattle Children's Hospital and Jack Straw staff members to create public service announcements about healthy eating habits.

 

Photos by Jake Muir


      

 

For further information on our educational programs, contact:

Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director
Jack Straw Cultural Center
206-634-0919

 


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