Thanks to support from the Kennedy Center and the Iowa City Community School District, Rosalind Flynn will offer teachers grades 3-12 professional development in “Dramatizing the Content: Curriculum Based Readers Theatre.” The one-day arts integration session will be held on Wednesday, June 7 at the district office.
Readers Theatre is a rehearsed group presentation of a script that is read aloud rather than memorized. This workshop’s activities involve teachers in planning, writing, rehearsing, staging, and assessing of Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre scripts. The focus? Creating and presenting a short script that fulfills a dual purpose—it must inform about a curriculum topic and entertain an audience! Repeatedly reading and rehearsing scripts based on curriculum content increases the likelihood that students will practice fluent reading, retain information, and perform better on assessments. Theatrical skills of vocal volume, expression, and effective use of gestures are also among the goals of this arts integration activity that merges drama, theatre, writing, reading, speaking, listening, and content learning. A workshop packet that contains sample scripts, guidelines for developing scripts and directing presentations, and other resources is included.
ICCSD teachers grades 3-12 may register here for the session: ReadersTheatreRegistration