Saturday, September 7, 2013

CCSS and ELLS and Drama

Cover image for Vol. 67 Issue 1
The Common Core encourages drama and plays; this article in the newest RT describes a very interesting project. As a HUGE fan of Readers' Theater (my students and my grad students would both agree with this statement), I think this my have merit for ELLs and non-ELLs alike!

Check it out!  

(Abstract) This article presents an arts integration program that uses drama and dance to promote foundational literacy skills, with an emphasis on the oral development of English Language Learners (ELLs). Previous research indicates that arts activities afford a beneficial opportunity for young students to practice language skills, but many teachers have received scant training in the arts. The Teaching Artist Project (TAP) is a professional development program that helps classroom teachers use dramatization and creative movement to enhance comprehension and promote verbal interaction in the classroom. Children learn to imaginatively connect the decontextualized vocabulary of the classroom with their own experiences. A mixed methods study of TAP found that K-1 ELLs who participated in TAP showed improvements in early literacy skills compared with their peers. This article introduces approaches used in TAP, suggests sources of the language gains, and discusses strategies for successful implementation.

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