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Bringing Books to Life! (elementary)

Last changed: 05/29/2019 9:59am
PK , K , 1 , 2
Theatre English
Grade Level Program Alignment
1 other
The length of time may be easily customized to meet specific scheduling needs, but is ideally about 40-45 minutes.
In-School Workshop
All year
$5 0
no Email , Phone
Book to read from; music selections and player
Open space or cleared classroom; power outlet
Cleared space for students' moving and performing
I CAN talk about what theater is and what is needed to be an actor and create a theatrical performance.

I CAN use my body, voice, and imagination to act in the roles of various characters and tell a story.

I CAN identify the plot, characters, themes, and lessons of a story
In one 40-45 minute class, students in Pre-K through Grade 3 will engage in activities in which they will listen, discuss, and perform to better understand the themes of a book of the classroom teacher's choosing. Ideally, the book will be one with which children are already familiar so that they even better come to understand its themes and lessons through the program. Successful books used in past programs include Dr. Seuss stories such as "Horton Hears a Who" or "Horton Hatches the Egg," or other books with colorful characters and lots of action.

First, the NBYT Teaching Artist and actors will introduce theater and acting to the children. They will use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to pantomime some characters and actions which will be included in bringing the chosen book “to life.” The Teaching Artist will then lead a short discussion during which the children will be asked what they already know about the book including characters, setting, plot, theme, and lessons.

The children will then collaborate to retell the story as a dramatic work (under the direction of the Teaching Artist and actors) by assuming roles in the book. Multiple children may play one role so that every child can participate in the dramatization. The program will end with another short discussion of the book and its themes, and comparing how those themes were presented in literature and drama. Students will also be asked how they felt taking on roles in the book and whether they were able to relate to the characters.

Classroom teachers may choose whether or not to participate, but should be present in the classroom during the program.
Caregivers may be involved as observers or active participants.

Grade PK

Pre-K: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details #2: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
Pre-K: Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration #1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Pre-K: Theater: Performing: Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. a. With prompting and support, identify characters in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama). 

Pre-K: Theater: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. b. With prompting and support, tell a short story in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade K

Kindergarten: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details #2: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
Kindergarten: Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration #1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Kindergarten: Theater: Performing: Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. a. With prompting and support, identify characters and setting in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
Kindergarten: Theater: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. b. With prompting and support, tell a short story in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade 1

Grade 1: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details #2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Grade 1: Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration #1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Grade 1: Theater: Performing: Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. a. Describe a story’s character actions and dialogue in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
Grade 1: Theater: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. b. Collaborate on the creation of a short scene based on a fictional literary source in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade 2

Grade 2: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details #2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Grade 2: Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration #1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Grade 2: Theater: Performing: Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. a. Interpret story elements in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
Grade 2: Theater: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. b. Collaborate on the creation of a short scene based on a non-fiction literary source in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).