New York City Children’s Theater’s Signature Program
Literature at Play
Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks
How it Works
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.
Literature at Play Academic Goals:
- 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 knowledge and competence with speaking and listening to English for our large population of new English learners (ENL’s)
- To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self connections
Literature at Play Artistic Goals:
- 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 corresponding emotion
- To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation