Jewish Women's Archive - Living the Legacyhttp://jwa.org/LivingtheLegacy
Moving Inward: bringing liberation movements into the Jewish community
The activity in Part II of this lesson is based on five groups each studying a different document and then staging tableux vivants illustrating that document. Tableux vivants means "living pictures" in French. With each student personifying a character, the groups will position themselves into a scene and then freeze in place to form their first tableau vivant. After holding that pose for 30 seconds (or longer), the group then will move into a new pose and once again freeze in place for 30 seconds (or longer), before then becoming animated to speak as the characters they are personifying.
Depending on your class size and the time allotted, you may choose to use fewer documents and have fewer groups, choose to have groups discuss more than one document; and/or invite students to appoint additional "actors" to take part in their tableux vivants. You also may want to add in or substitute other documents relevant to your specific community or related to other liberation movements. (For instance, see Teacher Resources for documents on the American Soviet Jewry Movement.)