How do we give students permission to feel? In a moment of unprecedented stress and anxiety, young people need tools to name, express, and regulate complex emotions and feelings. Actors are experts at using the tools of body, voice, and imagination to walk in a character's shoes and express emotions. Infusing literacy standards and texts currently being studied in your classroom, an OTG teaching artist will guide students through building an emotion vocabulary, telling stories to understand emotional responses, and standing in a characters’ shoes to imagine the causes behind feelings and reactions.

ACTivating Emotions integrates Theatre and Socio-Emotional Learning with Tennessee State Standards in English Language Arts.

Tennessee English Language Arts State Standards for Grades 3-5

  • FL.PWR.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills when decoding isolated words and in connected text.
  • FL.VA.7a Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • RL.KID.1 Read closely to determine what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • RL.KID.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • SL.CC.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with varied partners, building on others’ ideas, and expressing one’s own ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • SL.CC.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Tennessee English Language Arts State Standards for Grades 6-12

  • L.KL.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
  • L.VAU.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
  • RL.KID.1 Read closely to determine what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • RL.KID.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • SL.CC.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with varied partners, building on others’ ideas, and expressing one’s own ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • SL.CC.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.