“Students actively engaged in analyzing a play. They learned about characterization, plot development, making inferences, identifying themes, and citing evidence. The students wrote from different characters' points of view enabling them to deepened their understanding of the narrative.”
– Classroom Teacher
Improving literacy through theater
This in-school residency enhances reading and theater skills through interactive lessons. Teaching Artists guide students in transforming the class into an artistic ensemble where students safely explore performance and improvisational activities. Students strengthen key reading comprehension strategies such as text evidence, inference, summarization and prediction through on-their-feet interaction with the text. This program integrates text analysis with theatrical performances to foster an emotional connection and purposeful, enduring understanding of the story. Reading Residency curriculum is created specifically for each production and is designed to meet Wisconsin Common Core State Standards for reading. Over the last five years, the program has consistently yielded positive results in improving reading comprehension skills.