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Annette Jefferson

Artist's Narrative

Annette Jefferson Through stories, dialect, costume, and songs, the American saga brims with living characters and their colorful stories that whet the intellect, stir the heart and ignite the imagination.

Stories of:
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Underground Railroad stories
  • Remembering Miss Rosa Parks
  • History Connection
  • African American Women During the Civil War
are all aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards for reading, writing, social studies, and the arts.

Professional teaching artist Dr. Annette E. Jefferson links her passion for empowering young people with her enthusiasm for American history to craft living history performances. Each unique program reflects Jefferson's training in history, language arts, developmental reading and drama.

Jefferson says, "It pleases me to see people experience a range of emotions as they connect with their history--our American story. There are times of laughter, sadness and even tears for some."

Recent Feedback From Schools

"Dr. Jefferson's portrayal of Harriet Tubman was 'spot-on'. Our students came to the performance well prepared. Dr. Jefferson has an excellent way about her and the Tubman monologue was adjusted as students engaged in critical questioning throughout the performance. Well paced. Well done. Our third, fourth and fifth graders are very new in their roles as live audience members. They did well as active audience participants."

Availability

Upon request.
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

Coretta Scott King - Queen of Kings (Grade levels K-12)

From skirmishes with bullies to fighting for social equality for all, Coretta shares her trials and triumphs in living color.  Listen as Coretta tells about school days in rural Alabama, her early ambitions, dating and marrying Dr. M. L. King, Jr., and how she lived through the difficult days surrounding the death of her husband.   With her warm and personal style, Coretta inspires all to dream big and then live the dream.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio Academic Content Standards provided

Activity Options:
Coretta Scott King - Queen of Kings
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $300/ $375 for two back-to-back, or $500 per day

I Be Harriet Tubman (Grade levels K-12)

"Some calls me Moses on account of just like he, I helps leads my peoples to liberty."

Trek with Harriet as she “goes down to Egypt land” to round up passengers to conduct on an underground train ride from slavery to freedom.  Harriet calms fears with her survival skills, and warns "Once you start with me, ain't no turnin' back!"  Wade in the water with her to elude patrollers, hound dogs and capture. Hear why she was “Moses” to slaves, and reviled by slaveholders seeking her arrest.  Experience the bittersweet victories and final battles of one who gave much, to many.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio academic content standards provided.

Activity Options:
I Be Harriet Tubman
  • Duration: 45 min. including Q & A
  • Fees: $300/ $375 for two back-to-back, or $500 per day

Sojourner Truth - Some Kind of Woman (Grade levels K-12)

“…maybe I was 8 or 9 or maybe I was 10 or 11.  I don’t rightly know…I heard a voice say sold for $100! And off I went with a flock of sheep (Sojourner Truth).” 

Imagine an up-close and personal meeting with a former female slave who, although illiterate, left her indelible mark on the political and social pages of American history. 

Picture in living color, Sojourner Truth delivering her story with riveting narrative, dialect and songs to create an interactive learning experience brimming with intimate and historical details. A costumed living history portrayal takes the audience from Truth’s enslavement, as a child and adult, to her national acclaim as an opponent of slavery and advocate for equal rights for women.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio academic content standards provided.

Residency Option:
Customize a residency where students use the autobiography or biography as a springboard to an exciting learning experience.  Prior to Sojourner’s visit, young “hiStorians"  research and read biographies of famous Americans and select one to bring to life.  Following an assembly presentation of Sojourner Truth, young “hiStorians" will  work with teaching artists to develop, create and present their own living history vignette.  The process of bringing an authentic character to life helps young “hiStorians"  connect the past to the present and empowers them with ability for the future.

Activity Options:
Some Kind of Woman
  • Duration: 45 min. including Q & A
  • Fees: $300/ $375 for two back-to-back, or $500 per day
Some Kind of Woman - residency
  • Duration: 3-5 days
  • Fees: Varies depending on residency length
  • Requirements: teacher supervision required

Presenting Sojourner Truth (Grade levels 4 - 12)

It’s readers theater plus history!  No memorization, no props, costumes or sets - just students learning to use their imaginations, voices, facial expressions and gestures to bring life to history. An original 12-character play, Sojourner Truth - Some Kind of Woman, introduces students to readers theater. The full-day activity begins with a living history presentation of Sojourner Truth. Then, through a workshop setting, students learn to blend text and theatrical concepts for an imaginative, creative and dramatic reading.  The day ends with a staged presentation where students share their learning by bringing an audience into the circle of living history.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio academic content standards provided.

Reproducible original Play: Sojourner Truth - Some Kind of Woman provided, along with 12 script covers.

Additional Options:
1. Give the gift of theater to parents and the school community.  A customized residency takes students from auditions, to rehearsals, to production of a drama worthy of red carpet opening night festivities.

2. It's a musical production! Hoffman Trail’s third grade choir took Sojourner Truth - Some Kind of Woman to new heights with a dramatization of Truth’s inspiring and amazing story.  Tom Root, music educator, infused songs such as, “No More Auction Block for Me” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” with vignettes of Truth’s life sojourn. You can do it too!

Activity Options:
Presenting Sojourner Truth - Options
  • Duration: 3-5 days
  • Fees: negotiable
Presenting Sojourner Truth
  • Duration: Full day or two half days
  • Fees: $550

Remembering Miss Rosa Parks and Her Bus Ride (Grade levels K-12)

“Seated in the colored section of the bus, several rows behind Rosa Parks, Bea watched aghast and in disbelief as “Miss Rosa” slid over from her aisle seat to the window seat in bold yet calm defiance of the bus driver’s command to, “…Let me have those seats!”

   
Students become eye witnesses to unforgettable history as Bea Black gives her account of Miss Rosa’s refusal to give up her bus seat and the Montgomery bus boycott that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio academic content standards provided.

Activity Options:
Remembering Miss Rosa Parks and Her Bus Ride
  • Duration: 45 min. including Q & A
  • Fees: $300/ $375 for two back-to-back, or $500 per day

All Aboard the Underground Railroad with MIZ. JAY (Grade levels K-12)

It’s flies she can’t stand and lies she won’t tell as Miz. Jay whirls on the scene with her turbo-tie vest designed to stir up true accounts of the daring, hardship, and pain slaves endured in their quest for freedom aboard the train without tracks.  Through drama, narrative and song, Miz Jay shares unforgettable stories of courage and triumph.  The stories of Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown, William & Ellen Craft and others will show how events affected their lives and how their decisions influenced and changed the course of history.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio academic content standards provided.

Activity Options:
All Aboard the Underground Railroad with MIZ. JAY
  • Duration: 45-60 min. including Q & A
  • Fees: $300/ $375 for two back-to-back, or $500 per day

The History Connection (Grade levels K-6)

All Aboard The History Connection, where students become “Time Travelers” journeying to meet and connect with famous historical figures from America’s past.

Learners as “Time Travelers” find out exciting facts about a critical time in our nation’s history, engage in fun activities, gain appreciation  for America’s past, and realize our nation’s potential for the future.

Sojourner Truth and the African American Civil War soldier (Artists-in-Schools artist Anthony Gibbs), greet “Time Travelers” at action stations where first-person stories of true-life joys, sorrows and tests of courage are shared.  Characters guide “Travelers” step-by-step in creating, period-related projects such as “quilt” making and “enlisting for the war.”
 
Hands on activities including arts, crafts, music or games, link  “Time Travelers” with the past, in authentic activities.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio Academic Content Standards provided.

Activity Options:
The History Connection
  • Duration: half day (45 min. presentation plus activities)
  • Fees: $525/ $900 for full day

African American Women During the Civil War (Grade levels 9-12)

They were young and old, sisters, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers. Some were well-to-do, others were slaves. All resolved to be a part of the war that would ultimately determine the status of the Black man in America.  Women of African descent—Susie King Taylor, who nursed with Clara Barton; Elizabeth Keckley, dressmaker and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln; Charlotte Forten, college graduate and first African American to teach freed slaves in the south, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, many others—come to life in a first person telling of their unique contributions to the war that tore a nation apart and pitted brother against brother.

Reproducible supplemental materials based on Ohio academic content standards provided.

Activity Options:
African American Women During the Civil War
  • Duration: 45 –60 min. including Q & A
  • Fees: $300/ $375 for two back-to-back, or $500 per day