Literature at Play Workshop

I Love that Students were Engaged through Music Exploration!

“I love this program! Mindy created materials and activities that were appropriate to my students’ varied needs and levels. They were engaged through music and sensory exploration. We hope to participate in the program again next year!”

— NYC Public School Teacher from Brooklyn


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Literature at Play Performance

The Medium of the Play Encourages them to Speak

“These are ELL students, and it was great for them to think about how characters feel in a kinesthetic way. For speaking, it’s good too, since in the medium of the play, it encourages them to speak.”

— NYC Public School Teacher in Queens


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Literature at Play Workshop

The Music and Visuals made my Class Overjoyed

“Every week we look forward to visits from Mrs. Mindy. The music, visuals, materials, and songs have made every child in my class overjoyed to participate. I really appreciated how we were able to collaborate and make the program even more accessible for our students with varying needs.”

— NYC Public Teacher from Brooklyn


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Literature at Play Workshop

Students love this program. It’s been a great pleasure!

“It has been a great pleasure having this program. My students love it and looked forward to every day that Alec came. All students engage in the activity by performing the moves, verbally interact with Alec by answering questions and participating in dance. Overall, I think it is a wonderful program, which helps our students develop a wide
range of skills  and have fun at the same time. Thank you.”

— NYC Public School Teacher


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Literature at Play for Families Workshop

The Students Loved it & Looked Forward to Every Session

“The students loved it. They looked forward to every session. I was very impressed with the way the students came up with the lyrics for the song. I thought it was amazing the way Mr. Garry got you all the do that.”

— 1st Grade School Teacher


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Literature at Play Sharing Day

This Program gave Students a New Way to Respond

“It opened them up socially. Some kids were quiet as a mouse and this stirred up something expressive in them and gave them a new way to respond.”

— NYC Public School Teacher in Brooklyn


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Literature at Play Workshop

Students Learn how to be Community Members

“The work that they did in theatre translated into reading fluency and you saw it on the stage. They learned how to be community members and notice other people around them and their needs. It’s shared writing in action.”

— NYC Public School Teacher from Manhattan


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Literature at Play Workshop

I Loved How it Connected to our Curriculum!

“We made lots of connections between our lives in the book. I loved how we were able to create the song using what we do in class. Using the main idea in the chorus, and using text evidence to write the chorus. I loved how it connected to our curriculum.

— NYC Public School Teacher from Queens


NYCCT Education Programs

New York City Children’s Theater is the premier arts-in-education provider for elementary school age children. Our programs have served over 60,000 students in over 450 schools and community centers.

New York City Children’s Theater’s residencies, workshops, assembly programs and multimedia musicals use theater and music to inspire and educate children in grades PreK-5.


 

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Literature at Play Workshop

Children Emerged as Leaders After NYCCT Education Program

Several children emerged as leaders. Our English language learner was able to solve problems effectively in her group. One child went quite far in expressing her character’s emotions, which helped other children take risks. A very shy child has since emerged as an inquisitive thinker willing to ask insightful questions when others won’t.”

— First-Grade Teacher, PS 39


NYCCT Education Programs

New York City Children’s Theater is the premier arts-in-education provider for elementary school age children. Our programs have served over 60,000 students in over 450 schools and community centers.

New York City Children’s Theater’s residencies, workshops, assembly programs and multimedia musicals use theater and music to inspire and educate children in grades PreK-5.


 

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Literature at Play Workshop

NYCCT Teaching Artists Give Students the Tools Needed to be Successful

“The Alice’s Story teaching artists are very knowledgeable about the skills and tools students need in order to be successful. They are highly prepared and deliver effective instruction in a ‘hands on‘ way.”

— Principal, PS65R

Alice’s Story is an interactive theater performance and workshop designed to help 1st to 3rd grade students understand and deal with bullying. This show has been performed in over 200 schools to thousands of students.


How the Program Works

When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.
Two actor-educators visit a classroom and facilitate a 45-minute drama exploring the serious issue of bullying. The workshop includes moments of scripted performance, guided discussion and improvisation.
During the workshop, students function as:
  • Audience Members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical Thinkers…as they brainstorm effective strategies to counteract bullying
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

Alice’s Story has three goals:

  • To create safe learning environments for all students
  • To cultivate communities of respect and inclusion
  • To empower students to be agents of positive change

 


 

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