FROM PAGE TO STAGE
Integrating English Language Arts and Theater
Recommended for grades K-3.
In this 8-day arts integration program, students and teachers explore a children’s literature book and adapt it into a classroom play to perform for family and friends. Using the book as a jumping off point for both academic and social learning, participants embody the story physically, explore vocabulary and reading aloud skills and investigate concepts such as character, setting, and plot. Through their physical engagement, children are led through a process of self-discovery that develops physical awareness, cooperative learning skills, self-confidence, patience, and self-control. Each workshop session includes theater arts warm-ups and performance exercises that help students develop public speaking and dramatic arts skills.
FROM PAGE TO STAGE is an exceptional technique for engaging second language learners in the process of reading. Teachers are actively involved in the creative process of FROM PAGE TO STAGE and learn easily replicable classroom teaching strategies.
"The Enchanted Circle project with our Kindergarten and 1st grade students was a valuable experience for all involved…the teachers found the entire experience rewarding for relating literature to language expression and student empowerment...The impact on the students' literacy skills is tremendous."
~Hilary Russell, Principal, McMahon School
Selected stories have included: Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox, Tough Boris by Mem Fox, Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth by Eric Carle, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, Mushroom in the Rain by Mira Ginsburg, Koala Lou by Mem Fox, The Gingerbread by Jan Brett, The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes