Students build on ideas learned in the Poetry: Page to Stage performance as they script and score poems to set into motion. A deeper appreciation of poetry and improvement of language skills occurs while they create their own interpretations of poetry using poetic techniques: rhyme, imagery, figurative language and narrative.
Children create art projects, in a variety of materials. Based on books selected by their teacher to improve reading comprehension, word recognition, and fluency, George custom designs each project.
This workshop provides an in-depth look at how to effectively use voice and movement to enhance reading skills. Students learn skills to aid in comprehension and communication of literature including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and content area texts.
Ray performs poetry directly from the ELA curriculum enlivened by his blend of interactive theater, comedy, and improvised songs. Students journey with Ray through the many ways of expressing poetry including narrative, dramatic and lyric.
Choose a subject form the curriculum and learn songwriting vocabulary and techniques. Working collaboratively, the entire class creates an original song with lyrics that use rhyme and rhythm to help comprehend and remember important details from the curriculum. Curriculum topics can include history, science, bullying, language arts, math, foreign languages and more.
A few chairs, a couple of music stands and you have Reader’s Theater. This workshop promotes literacy using popular children’s classics such as Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, The People Could Fly, Anansi the Spider or Aesop’s Fables as staged readings. Jimmie works with your students to turn one of these stories into a wonderful staged reading for your classroom. This two-day workshop helps students develop their public speaking and drama skills as well as learn how to cooperate with one another and be creative with literature.
In this invigorating drama and literacy program, professional actor Bill Morgan from SignStage works with groups of students to create a story or play. Students focus on the fundamentals of stories: who, what, where, when and why, characters, setting, conflict, etc., and understand how to put their ideas in a story format. The students work together to create a script, then rehearse and act out their play. Depending on how much time is available, the play may be video-taped, and students can even learn how a major motion picture is created! DVDs may be made for students.
Learn to perform excerpts from Dr. Seuss classics using American Sign Language with Bill Morgan from SignStage. Students learn basic facts about Dr. Seuss and how he created his “rhyming” books.
Students explore all facets of bullying- the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. Using poetry, drama, and song, this program teaches students to use teamwork approach to resolve conflict, build character, and create a community of empathy.