Drama Quest – Week 2!

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
   Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
   And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
   And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
   Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
   Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
   Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
   And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
   Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
   In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
   Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
   Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
   Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
   We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
   Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
   Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
   Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
   With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
   Learn to labor and to wait.
– an excerpt from Psalm of Life, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

In addition to discussing the applications of this inspiring poem, Warriors conducted Socratic discussions on metaphors, learned about this amazing 8-year-young hero who is changing the world with a recycling program, and many more thought-provoking topics.

Some additional glimpses from the week:

  • Final Auditions were conducted and the Cast for the play was posted on the Quest wall.
  • Warriors interviewed a panel of finalists before voting on the director of the play.
  • In WW the ES and MS Warriors explored metaphors, Haikus, and started writing their own poems.
  • In Civilization, Montessori Warriors worked on geography maps while ES Warriors put themselves in the shoes of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome, and discussed how they would settle conflicts between family.
  • Warriors are gearing up for the big day, May 15th!

 

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This week at THA we concluded all the auditions and posted the final cast on the wall. Warriors were excited to find out their parts. They also learned valuable life lessons about not always getting what you want, sacrificing for a greater cause, dealing with failure, and winning with grace.

See you next week!

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