Friday, August 1, 2008

Strategies and Activities for Classroom Teachers

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A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension: Strategies and Activities for Classroom Teachers by national teaching artists Lenore Blank Kelner and Rosalind Flynn details how merging drama into reading instruction increases students’ reading comprehension skills. Kelner and Flynn’s text makes what is implicit to experienced educational drama specialists explicit for classroom teachers. Designed for teachers with little to no experience in drama, this new book contains information, advice, directions, steps, tips, charts, lists, photos, and ideas for use with students in grades one through eight.

In his foreword to the book, actor, author, and arts advocate Eric Booth gives the text high praise:
“A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension: Arts Integration in Action by Lenore Blank Kelner and Rosalind M. Flynn is a powerful and important contribution to our national experiment. Indeed, they erase the gamble of arts integration with a step-by-step process that assures the quality of the arts learning and the literacy payoffs that make it more than worth the time involved.”
Literary specialist, principal, and noted author, Roberta Mantione, co-author of Weaving Through Words provides equal praise from a reading comprehension perspective:
“If you were to perfect just one drama technique from this book it could change your literacy time by cracking open the words of a text and letting children live inside the book. Those who work in the field of reading and want to open new doors of understanding for students will find the support you have been hoping for in this book.”

Lenore Blank Kelner is an actress, director, playwright, educator, drama specialist, and author. For the past twenty-five years she has worked with teachers and students nationwide integrating drama into ongoing classroom instruction. She is the author of The Creative Classroom (Heinemann, 1993) and was the recipient of the 2004 Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Rosalind M. Flynn is an educational drama consultant who conducts workshops for teachers, artists, and students nationwide. She is also an instructor in the Drama department at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Dr. Flynn’s Ph.D. research focuses on the use of drama as a learning method, and her articles on educational drama have been published in many journals.
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