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Benchmark Universe Reader’s Theater

Duarte

CCSS Standards RL.5.1, RI.5.9, RF.5.4a, RF.5.4b, RF.5.4c

Student Objectives

I will be able to:

  • Read with fluent expression

  • Explain how the script adds to my understanding of how we are alike and different from characters in a story

  • Make connections between the script and other Unit 2 selections

  • Use Screencastify digital video tool to be a Knowledge Creator (ITSE standard 3) by finding and using evidence in the book Tom Sawyer: White Fence to explain the book, the author, the story and the characters represented.

For this assignment, students used Video of the desktop Benchmark Universe digital book of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer through Screencastify after they had read, studied, rehearsed, and presented the play "Whitewashing the Fence" to two (2) lower grade classes. Making full use of props and dialects (voices), these four (4) brave students, each portrayed 2 to 3 characters in the story. 

After having done the English Language Arts and Performing Arts requirement of this assignment, they used Screencastify to capture their understanding of Literary Elements like the Background, the use of Dialect, and biography of the author as well as their impressions and cultural/literary links of their roles and character to their real lives. 

Below are the videos and the sections each had to developed to complete this final assignment.

Video of Play Presented by students

Student 1:

  • What is the background (history) of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: White Fence Story? (pages 2 and 3)

 

  • During the Reader’s Theater, who were your characters? Who do you know that is like one of the characters? In what way is she or he like this character? What was one thing your character said that you liked or disliked and why? Have you ever behaved like your characters in real life?

Student 2:

  • How did the author's use of dialect in this play enhance the story? (Pages 4 and 5)

 

  • During the Reader’s Theater, who were your characters? Who do you know that is like one of the characters? In what way is she or he like this character? What was one thing your character said that you liked or disliked and why? Have you ever behaved like your characters in real life?

Student 3:

  • Who was Mark Twain? (Page 6)

 

  • During the Reader’s Theater, who were your characters? Who do you know that is like one of the characters? In what way is she or he like this character? What was one thing your character said that you liked or disliked and why? Have you ever behaved like your characters in real life?

Student 4:

  • What went right and what went wrong when you presented the Reader’s Theater skit to the other class?

 

  • During the Reader’s Theater, who were your characters? Who do you know that is like one of the characters? In what way is she or he like this character? What was one thing your character said that you liked or disliked and why? Have you ever behaved like your characters in real life?

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