Literacy in ACTion!

PST’s Literacy in ACTion Program is designed to help teachers in under-served districts of our region transform their reluctant and struggling adolescent students into students who can read, are motivated, find value and enjoyment in a variety of literature.  The Literacy in ACTion program has served over 1,800 students and their teachers since it began in 1998!

Students receive books, engage in theatre-arts education based workshops, create their own theatre and visual art, attend our matinee performances and participate in Q&A sessions with actors!

This year we serve over 200 students and 6 teachers from Bentworth High School and Carlynton Junior and Senior High School!  Go to our website for more information: www.primestage.com

High school students in our Literacy In ACTion Program presented a Reader's Theatre program to 6th grade students. The students were great as they discovered enjoyment with literature!

High school students in our Literacy In ACTion Program presented a Reader’s Theatre program to 6th grade students. The students were great as they discovered enjoyment with literature!

Check out some of these creative activities from our Turn of the Screw Literacy in ACTion workshops!

12th Grade Students Perform

12th Grade Students perform their own interpretation of a scene from The Turn of the Screw.

12th Grade Students explore figurative language through movement and staging as they perform an  interpretation of a scene from The Turn of the Screw.

12th Grade Students explore figurative language through movement and staging as they perform an interpretation of a scene from The Turn of the Screw.

12th Grade Students perform their own interpretation of a scene from The Turn of the Screw.

12th Grade Students perform their own interpretation of a scene from The Turn of the Screw.

Below is an example of a creative learning activity prepared for out Literacy in ACTion students and teachers.

Main Experience: (15 minutes) Ghost Story Reading

Using flashlights as the only light source, the Students will sit in a giant circle and read passages from The Turn of the Screw out loud.  The TA will introduce each passage, mention the literary/Theatrical devices and assign parts to students.  As passages are being read, student volunteers will react to the passage using movement & or tableau.

 (Figurative Language and Theatrical Device), 1.  Soliloquy & Figurative Language.  2.  Onomatopoeia 3. Imagery

 (Figurative Language and Conflict) 1. Allusion 2. Conflict

Bridge Experience: (10 minutes) Movement Preparation

Tableau performance of “My Morning”  – The Students will create 3 tableaus that represent actions required to get to school this morning.  They must consider 3 different levels and how long they will be in each tableau.  The TA will split the class into two groups.  Each group will perform their tableaus for one another.

Movement portion of “My Morning” – The Students will expand their tableau pose into a simple movement. (brushing teeth, walking the dog, putting on pants, etc.) They must consider 3 levels, how long to continue each movement and most try to move around the space for at least one action. The TA will split the class into two groups.  Each group will perform their tableaus for one another.

Main Experience: (25 minutes)

Interpreting the opening of Turn of the Screw  – The TA will break the students into groups and read the opening monologue of Turn of the Screw.  On a large sheet of paper, groups will write down all of the verbs or actions they hear.  This will serve as a reference for group preparation.   Each group will be given a portion of the monologue to present using tableau, movement and live reading.  Requirements: Each group must have a narrator.  All other students must participate in the tableaus and movement.  Each group must prepare at least 2 tableaus that show an action, an image or that represents a sentence or phrase and at least 1 group movement based upon an action. Students must decide how long to hold each tableau or movement and must move from one to the other without speaking.  Students will be given only 7 minutes to prepare their presentation.   The student will perform in the order of the monologue.

* define “Turn of the Screw” for the students! 

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