LINDEN – On Jan. 16, the ESL students of Myles J. McManus Middle School had the opportunity to take a tour around the Apollo Theater in New York City.
This year, students have been taking an expedition through time to recall a specific moment in their life and retelling their stories by writing their personal memoirs. The students are reflecting on their new beginnings and new-found points of view.
The students’ tour of Apollo Theater gave them the opportunity to learn the story behind the theater and how it has taken on a history and story in which many peoples’ lives have changed during different time periods. The Theater has its own memoir and story of how history has been made through song and dance. The students also had an opportunity to participate in their own “mock” Amateur Night and present their memoirs on the Apollo Theater stage.
ESL students at McManus Middle School learn how the Apollo Theater became historic landmark from tour guide Maurice Carr (Photo by McManus Middle School)
Maria Manuel, a 7th grader at McManus Middle School reads her memoir on the Apollo Stage (Photo by McManus Middle School)
Billy Mitchell, an Apollo Theater historian, gave the ESL students of McManus Middle School a tour at the Apollo Theater. (Photo by McManus Middle School)