ERIC Number: EJ776551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Rethinking the Core: Teaching Theater and English in the High-Stakes Testing Climate
Perry, Tonya, Ed.
English Journal, v96 n5 p102-106 May 2007
In this article, the author discusses how to consolidate schools where enrollment have dropped significantly. In addition to financial concerns, effective and developmentally appropriate curriculum choices are important. The author states that the "core" academic courses must be offered no matter the configuration of the schools, but other classes that enhance the education program for students must also be considered. One other curriculum consideration is how to offer extracurricular classes, especially if the schools are unable financially to dedicate one teacher to the different arts in the school. The author suggests that teaching a core class and an elective may become "one" answer to offering extra classes to students whose population cannot sustain financially a theater arts teaching unit. Since she has never been a teacher of theater, the author talked to three teachers who teach both English and theater arts in their schools: Allison Vacca, Pinson Valley High School, Pinson, Alabama; Meg Silver, Columbiana High School, Columbiana, Ohio; and Valerie Stewart-Jones, Thornwell High School, Clinton, South Carolina. Although their locations differ, they offer similar themes related to teaching an extracurricular theater course. The author's conversation with the three English and theater arts teachers is presented.
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Theater Arts, English Instruction, Teaching Methods, Units of Study, Secondary School Teachers, Extracurricular Activities, Cognitive Style, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Ohio; South Carolina