Network Initiatives

                

 

Purpose

In this unit, students engage in the dramatic technique of tableau and theatre exercises to help them investigate texts for story elements, clues about characters, and to make inferences about what those characters are thinking and feeling. By deeply understanding characters and character perspective, students become more engaged and careful readers.
 

Unit Description

In this unit, students act like both reading detectives and real actors as they read stories closely for clues about characters. To begin, students read the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs and a fractured version, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, and engage in a theater technique called statues as they learn how to identify story elements and find clues to characters. Students learn the dramatic technique of tableau and engage in vocal expression to help them both think about and show their understanding of a character’s traits and perspective. In the next part of the unit, students work more independently as they read selected chapters from Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, engage in close reading, and create talking tableaux that reflect their understandings. Those talking tableaux are then expanded for a final performance for an invited audience.

 

                

 

Common Core State Standards

Arts for Learning is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. This Overview describes the scope of the standards and this Quick Reference Guide provides each of the standards fully or partially met within this A4L Unit, followed by the charts that specifically identify the standards addressed in each lesson and step in the Unit. The standards are also coded and listed at the beginning of each lesson in the unit. Arts for Learning also provides a comprehensive student assessment program in each unit. This A4L Assessment Toolkit Quick Reference Chart indicates an overview of the locations of the tasks to be scored in the unit.
 
Each A4L unit is developed on a common framework and contains a 3-part sequence of instruction that educational research suggests will help students become more self-directed, independent learners. There is a gradual hand-off of responsibility--from teacher to students-- that is supported by assessment and teacher help as needed. Throughout A4L units the arts serve as motive and means to advance reading for meaning and writing thoughtfully.
 
 
 

Unit 1

Character Clues in Action!

                

 

Purpose

In this unit, students engage in the dramatic technique of tableau and theatre exercises to help them investigate texts for story elements, clues about characters, and to make inferences about what those characters are thinking and feeling. By deeply understanding characters and character perspective, students become more engaged and careful readers.
 

Unit Description

In this unit, students act like both reading detectives and real actors as they read stories closely for clues about characters. To begin, students read the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs and a fractured version, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, and engage in a theater technique called statues as they learn how to identify story elements and find clues to characters. Students learn the dramatic technique of tableau and engage in vocal expression to help them both think about and show their understanding of a character’s traits and perspective. In the next part of the unit, students work more independently as they read selected chapters from Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, engage in close reading, and create talking tableaux that reflect their understandings. Those talking tableaux are then expanded for a final performance for an invited audience.

 

                

 

Common Core State Standards

Arts for Learning is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. This Overview describes the scope of the standards and this Quick Reference Guide provides each of the standards fully or partially met within this A4L Unit, followed by the charts that specifically identify the standards addressed in each lesson and step in the Unit. The standards are also coded and listed at the beginning of each lesson in the unit. Arts for Learning also provides a comprehensive student assessment program in each unit. This A4L Assessment Toolkit Quick Reference Chart indicates an overview of the locations of the tasks to be scored in the unit.
 
Each A4L unit is developed on a common framework and contains a 3-part sequence of instruction that educational research suggests will help students become more self-directed, independent learners. There is a gradual hand-off of responsibility--from teacher to students-- that is supported by assessment and teacher help as needed. Throughout A4L units the arts serve as motive and means to advance reading for meaning and writing thoughtfully.