Project Information

Preservation in Action
Southern High School
Mrs. Rekdahl
Art, History, English, Language Arts, Drama, Literature, Chamorro
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Amanda O'Brien
Basic Information
  • Pacific Historic Parks
    Amanda O'Brien
    Suitable for Persons with Disabilities
    No Costs

  • Description

    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 during 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 produciton of performance monologues of historical figures from the WWII era to be presented to the public. 

    Career Pathway/Field

    Historian, Writer, Actor, Theatre Arts, Education


    Many standards to be addressed including (but not limitied 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 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.


    Preparation: 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 art work 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 shcool 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: 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/15 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: In order to earn service learning hours, a reflection is required. Use this as a guideline for your refelciton: 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? 

    Celebration: Students will receive a certificate to recognize their participation in this project. 


    The different tasks have different deadlines. To earn Service Learning hours, you must follow through with what you agreed to do and meet the deadlines. Please ask for help if you are having difficulty. Everyone in the project wants you to succeed so we will guide you in the direction of success. 

    Issue Area

    Historic Preservationj

    Agency Description

    PHP is the nonprofit partner for the War in the Pacific National Historic Park. War in the Pacific National Historical Park (WAPA) is the western most park of all the National Park Service units. It was created to honor all those who participated in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater of World War II and to conserve and to interpret the natural, scenic, and historic values and objects on the island of Guam. With over 1000 acres of submerged lands and 800 acres of public lands, the park units serve as the opportune environment to increase the awareness of conservation of a variety of animal and plant species and their habitats on land and underwater. War in the Pacific National Historical Park's dedication to educating the community on Guam about the park's mission and valuable resources has been an ongoing endeavor. Over the years working in collaboration with Pacific Historic Parks, the parks non-profit cooperating association educational programs have exponentially enhanced the parks missions, presence, and contributions to the island community of Guam.

    Point of Contact Informations

    Amanda O'Brien

    477-7279 ext 1018

    Comments about the Project Location

    Public performances will be held at the T. Snell Newman Visitor Center on Dec. 7 in the evening and Dec. 9 all day. We will also go there for a rehearsal.