One of the really cool things we do at Charter High School is we choose a school-wide theme to work with during the year. Generally, it’s something that’s started in the English classrooms and works its way through to the theatre production and music classes.
This year, for example, we chose “coming of age” as our theme. I made nearly all of my book selections based on that idea, and the entire school read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, which was discussed and analyzed in the English classes early in the year. Later, the scriptwriting classes worked with it, putting together an original play. After that, the stagecraft, acting, theatre production and puppetry classes took over to put on a really great show.
It’s about time to choose a theme for next year, and I’m at a loss. Any ideas you guys can through at me would be greatly appreciated. So far, I’ve come up with “friendship, family, and identity,” “war, politics, and diplomacy,” “Classics; stories we tell over and over,” “medicine, science, and technology,” “magic, faith, and fantasy,” and “The Journey; going away to come home.” I’m circling around the ideas of “duty and loyalty,” and I feel like I can make something work with “rights and responsibilities,” but I haven’t quite got there yet.
Which idea would you vote for as next year’s theme?