Stephen and Kathryn Deane Family Grant: Literature Connections Through the Hartford Stage

  • School Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicants: Joshua Ranaudo, Lead Applicant & Michelle Sebastianelli
  • School: Wolcott
  • Subjects: Language Arts

A teaching artist from the Hartford Stage will visit each of the fourth grade classrooms at Wolcott Elementary School to lead drama activities based on a work of literature. Students will engage through theatre skills that are inherently active and collaborative, and reinforce grade level Common Core State standards. Through improvisation, role-play, dialogue, and other theatre techniques, students explore the context, plot and characters of a fourth grade level book, building prior knowledge, creating suspense, and encouraging empathy. Hartford Stage aims to provide students of all ages throughout Connecticut with innovative, quality theatrical opportunities and education programs that challenge and inspire. The program uses theatre techniques to build community and citizenship, to promote a passion for literacy and create expression, and to encourage life-long learning.

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