Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks
How the Program Works
In our signature residency program, Literature at Play, Teaching Artists lead students in theatre and songwriting exercises to adapt a children’s book into an original musical!
We are now offering a virtual version of this program online! This program can be synchronized or asynchronous, depending on the needs of your school.
All New York City Children’s Theater Teaching Artists are trained in how to adapt Literature at Play for special populations.
Students with Disabilities
Our curriculum is designed to meet the sensory, social, and behavioral needs of each participating student. We work closely with the classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators in order to specifically devise a program model with differentiated lesson plans for each of our partnering schools.
Our bilingual curriculum is designed to foster knowledge and competence with speaking and listening to English. Our Teaching Artists identify students’ language proficiency levels and develop developmentally appropriate lesson plans with tools that support language acquisition, including scaffolding input (comprehension) and output (production).
- Reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
- Expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
- Increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self connections
Students Consider the Following Questions:
- What is empathy and how do we show that to another person?
- What does bullying look like? Does it always look the same?
- What is a bystander and how can they stop bullying?
- What should you do if you or someone you know if being bullied?
- Write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end
- Understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
- Understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with corresponding emotion
- Speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation
$110 per class, per session.
We are now offering a virtual version of this program online!