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ERIC Number: EJ787657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Engaging Aliterate Students: A Literacy/Theatre Project Helps Students Comprehend, Visualize, and Enjoy Literature
Brinda, Wayne
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v51 n6 p488-497 Mar 2008
Two diverse groups of urban and suburban adolescent reluctant readers enthusiastically discussed a performance of "A Wrinkle in Time". For many of these students, it was their first experience with the theatre. What was even more important than sharing their first theatrical experience, however, was that this was the first time they completed, comprehended, and enjoyed a book assigned in school. The program that created those results investigated how collaboration with a teacher and a theatre director can address the needs of reluctant readers to comprehend, visualize, discuss, and enjoy literature. A significant difference between this study and studies that use drama is how theatre creates multisensory, imaginative experiences that transport audiences into deeply personal interpretations of the printed word. By combining reading with theatre, students found ways to immerse themselves in the actions, thoughts, and dialogue of characters, as well as the settings, sounds, and symbols in the literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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