Born Storytellers: Readers Theatre Celebrates the Lives and Literature of Classic Authors

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Teacher Ideas Press, 2005 - Education - 125 pages


Students in grades 6-12 assume the roles of authors of classic literature and characters from their books, as well as of storytellers who react to the subject matter and clarify the times. Excerpted and paraphrased passages from the books provide the flavor of the featured works. In contrast to Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults (Barchers and Kroll), this collection focuses on the lives of the authors.

Students in grades 6-12 assume the roles of authors of classic literature, characters from the books, and storytellers. Through the dialogue, the audience will have a glimpse into the life of the author and reactions and thoughts of the characters. The storytellers assume a contemporary voice to react and clarify the times, while passages from the books are paraphrased or woven into the play to provide a flavor of the literature class. In contrast to Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults (Barchers and Kroll), this focuses on the lives of the authors.

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This is an awesome way for students to learn about the lives of famous writers and their works...unfortunately, the publisher has put a restriction on this ebook which prevents the pages from being printed or copied...this makes using the scripts impossible. Had to request a refund.

About the author (2005)

Ann N. Black is a former Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. A native of Iowa, Black graduated from Northwestern University, where she received a B.S. from the School of Communication, then worked as an actress and a writer and producer of children's radio dramas. After marrying a theatre professor, she, too, switched to the academic life, still specializing in drama and often serving as a Critic Judge for the Interscholastic League One-Act Play Contests in Texas. Her experiences from directing, teaching, and writing led her to a M.A. in English and Oral Interpretation from the University of North Texas, then to her teaching position at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

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