• List of possible characters for Young Chautauqua's 2016 "Power of Inspiration" theme

    Posted by Joe Joyner on 12/11/2013

    We are very excited to begin Young Chautauqua!

    We will meet every Thursday beginning on January 25th.

    Middle level students will meet from 10:55 to 11"35. Go to the front of the lunch line, politely let them know you are coming to YC, grab your lunch, and come to the library.

    Elementary students will meet after school from 3:30-4:30 in the library.

    Hope to see you!

    The theme will be "Blowin' in the Wind: The 1960s"--that will include the sixties
    • Politicians
    • Creative/Artistic/Musical
    • Cold War
    • Vietnam War
    • Authors
    • Social Leaders (Civil Rights, Women's rights, etc)
    • Television/media/sports celebrities
    and more--

    Clicking on this link will take you to a list of possible characters. This list is not exhaustive, but it is a good place to start--

    Remember: You want to choose a character who inpires YOU! Then, you need to find a good biography (or two) to help you answer the three questions:

    1. a) Why should I be remembered in history?
    2. b) What hardships did I face and how did I overcome them?
    3. c) What is my historical context (what else was going on in the world when I lived?).
      Hope to see you at our meetings!

    Young Chautauqua

    Greeley's Young Chautauqua star and CH intern, Amelia Newport

    In Young Chautauqua, a nationally-recognized Colorado program, young scholars portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars--in and out of character--engage audiences in lively discussions with people from the past, and then provide insight into historical study. Students in grades 4 through 12 throughout Colorado participate in our Young Chautauqua program.

    In a series of Young Chautauqua workshops, coaches and students immerse themselves in the writings and lives of historical characters through research, rehearsal, and performance. A student selects an inspiring person in history who possesses the qualities, values, and often life circumstances that they can identify with in their own life, then researches the character, develops a monologue, and portrays the character's personality and ideology, while telling the stories of life-changing events that molded their lives. This portrayal is presented in front of an audience of their peers.

    Young Chautauqua raises student interest and knowledge of American history by providing opportunities to practice research and public speaking while being mentored by mentored by Young Chautauqua coaches. The program builds self-esteem and reveals insight into life choices and challenges.




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