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About the author:
Rosalind Flynn has been presenting professional development workshops for teachers in collaboration with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1994. Her focus is the educational uses of drama as a learning method.

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. At The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Dr. Flynn is the head of the Master of Arts in Theatre Education (MATE) degree program.

She is the author of two books on the educational uses of drama:

Dramatizing the Content With Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre, Grades 6-12 (The International Reading Association, 2007)

A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension co-authored with Lenore Blank Kelner (Heinemann, 2006)

Information about the teacher workshops she presents based on the content of these two books can be found at her web site:

Rosalind also delivers her Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre workshop for teachers online. So far, sites in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Alabama, Nevada, Nebraska, and Vermont have offered their teachers the opportunity to learn at a distance with Rosalind's real-time online presentation. Using slides and video, Rosalind conducts teacher workshops that feature active participation and opportunities to ask questions and influence the instruction. She has developed a web site devoted to her online workshops:

Her 18 articles on educational drama have been published in Dramatics, Youth Theatre Journal, Language Arts, English Journal, Teaching Artist Journal, The Reading Teacher, and Teaching Theatre.

She also has two plays published-"The Odyssey, Oedipus and Others, or Greek Story Theatre" with co-playwright Stacey Coates (Playscripts, Inc.), and "The School for Parents" (Boston Public Schools).

Since 1994, she has conducted workshops for students, teachers, and artists-in person and online-from 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Shanghai, China.

Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre Scripts: SCIENCE

Authored by Rosalind M Flynn

Here are 26 short reproducible readers theatre scripts on Science topics that students (elementary through high school) study. Author Rosalind M. Flynn has developed this unique style of readers theatre that draws its material from curriculum content. She calls it Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre (CBRT).

CBRT scripts are specifically written so that a whole class can participate in the delivery of the words on the page. All of the scripts are short in length and contain many lines written for group unison speaking. Each script's stage directions encourage students to create sound effects and gestures, adding imaginative and kinesthetic components to its delivery.

This volume contains:
Layers of the Earth,
Renewable Energy Sources,
The Water Cycle,
Parts of a Plant,
The Rock Cycle,
Solar System,
Ancient Astronomers,
Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle,
Eight Geographical Regions of North America
The Six Kingdoms of Life
Saturated Solutions,
Science Fair Projects.

Students overwhelmingly love to take parts in script readings. Even if the script is about something like molecules (and especially if it contains humor and invites their creative input), students participate willingly. Teachers whose students rehearse and perform scripts about curriculum topics report great educational results.

In an educational climate in which it is increasingly difficult to make time for experiences like the class play, Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre is a manageable option. Whole classes can work together on speaking skills and dramatic deliveries to rehearse and perform a short script that reinforces the facts and ideas that they are supposed to know.

Publication Date:
1463705484 / 9781463705480
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology

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