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The swinging excitement of the Jazz Age helped make Jan. 22 a red letter date for special needs students at Glen H. Peters School, as those age 15 to 26 premiered their adapted play/film of The Great Gatsby.

Glen H. Peters School, located in Macomb Township, is a Macomb Intermediate School District school with 320 students ages three to 26.

Teacher Pam David teaches students with multiple impairments in the age group of 18 and 19. Her classroom is one of six in the school with students who participated in The Great Gatsby. The play/film adaptation was developed by seven teachers as their students have been studying the novel in class, according to David.

With the new Common Core and being that we work with students who are older, from high school to age 26, we felt, and research has shown, it is more appropriate to teach age appropriate literacy. David said.

Lines were delivered using the mode of communication appropriate for each student, whether it was a pre programmed iPad, an augmented device or verbally.

With the adaptive version, we have taken the novel The Great Gatsby and made it into a form more appropriate to student abilities, David said.

The Great Gatsby play/film, the first in two years at the school,
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involved many months of preparations as students assisted in making props and costumes as well as performing.

They helped make the ladies flapper bands and the bow ties. Teachers and staff in the building were generous in helping to provide suit coats and dresses that were era appropriate for the Roaring 20s, and students helped with making backdrops David said.

Student performances were recorded and edited into a complete video production, David said.

Because of the way student abilities are, we had to take into consideration and adapt how they presented a play, and to have high school students practice and perform live logically can be challenging. We wanted them to have the experience and go through the whole process of what a play would be. We are adapting theater to meet their needs and let them shine, David said.

The school developed a complete red carpet premiere as they invited staff, students and parents to the event.

Students are all dressed up. The premiere has a red carpet. We go completely all out, David said.

Before the show began, two dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Sterling Heights performed swing dancing. At the conclusion of the event, students received awards for their performances.

We look at each student s abilities, not their inabilities, what they are able to do, and we capitalize on that. We want them to shine with what they are able to do, David said.
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