The Lessons in this Companion will give students opportunities to reflect on sections from the script of Funny Girl as well as events within their own lives. The real-life Fanny Brice did not conform to the prevailing notion of feminine beauty. Instead, she tenaciously held on to her conviction that being different was not only ok, it was what would make her a star. In Funny Girl: the Ratios of FACE, PART 1 students will explore a section of the JPAS production of Funny Girl that highlights the real-life Fanny Brice’s beliefs about appearance and individuality. They will use this exploration to consider their own unique appearance and individuality. To deepen this exploration, they will learn about symmetry and use their understanding of polygons and quadrant graphing to make a symmetrically balanced composition—a self-portrait. They will consider the self-portrait they create and their own personal traits, something that makes them “beautiful,” and, emulating the writers of the script for Funny Girl, develop a metaphor to describe this personal characteristic or trait. In Funny Girl: the Ratios of FACE, PART 2 students will build on concepts they developed in PART 1 by further reflecting on their own gifts. This lesson will review a segment from Fanny Brice’s autobiography and compare it to the text of the script for Funny Girl. Fanny Brice had focus, on her unique abilities and where they were going to take her. In this lesson, students will continue to reflect on a quote and a song from the play that illustrate both Fanny Brice’s belief in herself and where those gifts were going to take her. Students will have the opportunity to further reflect on their own gifts and the steps they will need to take to be successful in the future.
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