ERIC Number: ED407495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Setting the Stage for Literacy. An Anthology of Adult Student Scripts. Volume 1, Number 1.
Setting the Stage for Literacy, v1 n1 Sum 1994
This document describes a collaborative learning project that investigated how theater and improvisational drama can help adult learners to develop basic literacy and English language abilities. Three teachers, working with an average of 10 students each for 6 months, conducted classes to increase students' skills in improvisation, creative thinking, imagination, scriptwriting, and individual and group performance. They improvised skits and plays, worked on writing as scripts what they had created, then read and rehearsed their work and performed it in public. Teachers' activities included a 20-hour orientation , a biweekly teacher-sharing, and the keeping of a detailed record of their work . Following an Introduction (Section I), skits and plays developed by the students are included in this document. Section II, Scenes and Skits, contains the following: "The Accident,""The Vacuum Cleaner,""The Auto Mechanic,""Apartment for Rent,""The Broken Refrigerator,""Family Portrait," and "Out of the Darkness." Contents of Section III, Favorite Tales Reenacted, are as follows: "The Big Bad Wolf Gets Therapy,""Gretel's Miserable Adventure,""The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe with Too Many Children,""The Morning After,""To Find a Prince,""Dumbo's Different," and "Jack Faces the Giant." Section IV includes the following Short Plays: "The Decision,""Reflections of One's Self,""The Trial of Pandora," and "The Jones' American Dream." (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Class Activities, Creative Dramatics, Drama, Drama Workshops, Improvisation, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods
Adult Literacy Resource Institute, 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-1308.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Board of Library Commissioners, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy Resource Inst., Boston, MA.; Brookline Public Library, MA.