Upper School Seniors Perform Mesoamerican Folk Tales for Lower School Students
Students in the Upper School’s English IV: Latin American short stories class shared several works they are studying with younger St. Margaret’s students, recreating classic Mesoamerican folk tales for Lower School classes inside McGregor Family Theater.
With classes ranging from kindergarten to grade 4 looking on, the Upper School students performed the Mayan folk tale “The Rabbit and the Crab” followed by the story of how the Aztecs found music, the Incan folk tale about the golden rod, and the Aztec story of maize. Each student-arranged performance was accompanied by numerous costumes and props.
The Upper School’s English IV senior seminars are semester courses created with student interest and faculty strength in mind. English IV: Latin American short stories is taught by Kimberly Kim, who last summer was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar and took part in a two-week summer institute titled “Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about identity and Binationalism.”
Other English IV seminar subjects offered this semester include modern poetry taught by Dallas Clemmons, postcolonial science fiction and fantasy taught by Jamie Bunch, and Bob Dylan: lyrics and poetry taught by Meredith Schumacher.