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Books On Stage Literacy Program

Books On Stage Literacy Program
This three day residency uses theatre exercises to promote excitement about reading and improve literacy skills with elementary students. Using theatre strategies helps to increase comprehension, enjoyment and confidence in emerging readers. Participants will be able to identify elements of a story (plot, setting, characters, problem, resolution.) More importantly by becoming the characters in the book and reenacting scenes, students gain a better understanding of the book and feel a more personal connection with it. They, the reader, become a very important part of the process. Book used will be chosen according to age group.

Artist Background

Now in its 29th year, Raleigh Little Theatre's Education Program provides children 4-12 years as well as teens with comprehensive training in the art of theatre. All of the teachers representing RLT have at least a BA degree in Theatre and/or at least 20 years experience teaching theatre classes. Raleigh Little Theatre is dedicated to the belief that theatre training promotes self esteem, builds confidence, stimulates creativity, sharpens communication skills, fosters an appreciation of community, raises cultural awareness, celebrates diversity, encourages respect for self and others and lays a foundation for a lifelong love of the arts. The study of theatre not only trains students to be better actors, it inspires them to be better people.

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