Read ‘If I Ran the Circus’
Dr. Seuss’ book, ‘If I Ran the Circus’, is one of the most popular writings about the history of circus. You may ask your students to buy that book. Read the book out to the class and have some of the students read portions in front of everyone. While reading the book with the class, you should discuss different circus acts to create interest among the students. Elaborating on the terminologies used for circus are also very important, so that the students can relate themselves with the situation.
Ask the students to be creative
You can help the students improve their creative skills by handing them a paper and a pencil and asking them to draw an extra-ordinary circus act with performers and animals. If some of the students are not good with drawing, you may ask them to just write down their ideas.
Use different websites
Almost all the school-going children have access to internet in the US. There are a number of circus websites and you may make a list of websites which can be visited by the students. It will help them a great deal about understanding the culture of a circus in the country. Ask the students to make a detailed note about their understanding and opinion about the history of circus and its role in the society.
Let the students design posters
Ask the students to design circus posters on a poster board. They should be asked to use pencils, rulers, crayons and markers. Allow them to be as creative and colourful as they want to be. It is not a problem if the students want to use a computer or any software to make the poster. Each poster should contain a couple of paragraphs about the history of circus.