“It was a great experience for the kids to not just to be exposed to literature but see how a book could be put into action, into a performance.”
— 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
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