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Readers Theatre For Middle School Boys

Overview

This book, focusing on active, engaging material, will fill a void in the literature that currently exists for these students, their teachers, and literacy coaches. Readers theatre for boys and particularly middle school boys is a publishing gap that needs to be filled. Selections have been chosen to tempt middle school boys interest (the blood and gore in Masque of the Red Death for example). Literacy remains a major topic of concern in all academic circles, especially the inadequate performance of reading and ...

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Overview

This book, focusing on active, engaging material, will fill a void in the literature that currently exists for these students, their teachers, and literacy coaches. Readers theatre for boys and particularly middle school boys is a publishing gap that needs to be filled. Selections have been chosen to tempt middle school boys interest (the blood and gore in Masque of the Red Death for example). Literacy remains a major topic of concern in all academic circles, especially the inadequate performance of reading and writing by boys. These scripts will entertain as they build reading fluency. Grades 6-8.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Ann N. Black has rewritten classics for readers theatre appropriate for middle-school boys that lends itself perfectly to the all-male classroom. . . . Black has done a terrific job finding classic literature that particularly appeals to middle-school boys including strange, frightening, and action-packed stories. . . . Black includes a short background on each author and a few paragraphs for teachers concerning production notes for costuming and staging ideas. . . . Though the title explicitly states it is readers theatre for boys, girls could easily play a variety of parts in the selections, so it would be appropriate for any middle school library, speech or drama classroom, or any classroom that studies communication."

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Midwest Book Review

"This book provides solid offerings of Readers Theater scripts for educators working with middle school boys. . . . The scripts have a new, fresh feel, and contain plenty of elements to capture and maintain adolescent males' attention. . . . Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585350
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Readers Theatre Series
  • Pages: 410
  • Sales rank: 744,366
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN N. BLACK, graduated from Northwestern University, where she received a B.S. from the School of Communication, then worked as an actress, writer, and producer of children's radio dramas. After acquiring a Texas Secondary Teaching Certificate in Language Arts, she taught English to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students and developed Readers Theatre projects for them. Her experiences from directing, teaching, and writing led her to a M.A. in English and Oral Interpretation from the University of North Texas, then to an assistant professorship of literature and creative writing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

1 Robert Browning - A Literary and Romantic History 1

Rats and Fools from The Pied Piper of Hamelin

2 The Incredible Imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 17

"The Adventure of the Speckled Band"

3 Mary Peace Finley Spells Danger in White Grizzly 37

4 Strange Encounters with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 57

5 Twisting the Tale with O.Henry 77

"The Ransom of Red Chief"

6 Headless in "Sleepy Hollow" with Washington Irving 95

7 Beware! "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs 115

8 Desperation Grows "To Light a Fire" by Jack London 133

9 A Gruesome End with "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe 153

10 H. G. Wells in the "The Country of the Blind" 169

Sound Appendix 189

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