A Day at the Museum

A Day at the Museum

A Day at the Museum integrates fine arts/theatre into the school's core curricula through encouraging and educating island youths, their families, and the community to engage with the stories of people who were affected by WWII on Guam. We have partnered with Mrs. Rekdahl to implement the project. Students will research and learn about eh struggles of Guam's indigenous population, the Chamorro people, the Battle for Guam, and the lasting impact of WWII on the island. Students who participate in this project will be involved in the production of performance monologues of historical figures from the WWII era to be presented to the public.

Preparation Instruction:
Students will have in-class lessons on doing research, writing a research paper, theatre skills, and monologue writing. Students will audition to be actors for the public performances using their own monologues. They will either be chosen to be the actors, or crew of some kind. Crew positions are: Musicians (learn and perform music of the era), Costumes (assist in creating costumes for actors), Prop Masters (assist in finding appropriate props), Sets (assist in creating appropriate set pieces), Art (create artwork such as a poster to publicize project) Photography (assist in documenting the project in photographs), Publicity (assist in publicizing the performances by posting flyers at school or in the community and via social media), Programs (assist in creating a performance booklet or program), or Ushers (welcome attendees and thank them for coming at the end.)

Activity Instruction:
Actors will need to memorize their monologues, learn acting techniques, and perform their roles in public. The actors can earn 32 hours of service learning (15 preparation/16 action hours/1 hour of reflection). All other positions vary in the number of hours they can earn.  One hour is given for completion of the reflection. 


Reflection Instruction:
In order to earn service learning hours, a reflection is required. Use this as a guideline for your reflecition: What did you do? What did you learn? How was this an example of service? Why was the Day at the Museum Project important for the Guam community? How did you feel about your participation? 

Learning Standards/Objectives:

Many standards to be addressed including (but not limited to):

Language Arts: 

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating their understanding of the subject under investigation.

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Social Studies:

HS Guam History 

Standard 2: History

Students learn how human beings view themselves in and over time.

GH.2.1 Examine and interpret primary and secondary source documents.

GH.2.2 Use concepts, such as time, chronology, causality, change, conflict, and complexity, to explain connections and

patterns of historical change and continuity.


Identify and describe historical periods and patterns of change during the eras of Guam history, including the


• Japanese Occupation

Fine Arts:

Standard 2: Creating (Proficient)

Students will engage in the artistic process, acquire skills, and use them to communicate meaning in an original work of art.

HSP.2.1 Make acting choices using script analysis, character research, reflection, through the rehearsal process

HSP.2.2 Write dialogues and scenes, applying basic dramatic structure: exposition, complication, conflict, crises, climax, and resolution.

HSP.2.3 Design, produce, or perform scenes or plays from a variety of theatrical periods and styles, including Shakespearean and contemporary realism.


  Name: Amanda O'Brien
 Phone: 477-7279 ext 1018
  Email: educationspecialist@pacifichistoricparks.org
Organization/Agency/Business Name: Pacific Historic Parks

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