Read-Along Radio Dramas use both visual and auditory sensory modes to develop the full range of language arts skills including an intuitive sense for the sound patterns of the English language and a reading rate appropriate to the material being read. The kits were designed for use with language arts students in 6th grade through adult ...
Read-Along Radio Dramas use both visual and auditory sensory modes to develop the full range
of language arts skills including an intuitive sense for the sound patterns of the English language
and a reading rate appropriate to the material being read. The kits were designed for use with
language arts students in 6th grade through adult levels. Students follow along on word-for-word
scripts as they listen to the recorded audio drama with full casts and sound effects. The high
interest audio production promotes enthusiastic responses from students. When used as whole-
class read-along, the kits solve the age-old problem of some students not reading the assignment.
Read-Along Radio Dramas may be used with all language arts areas and ability levels (English,
reading, drama, ESL, special education, etc.) to improve reading, writing, listening and
Each kit includes:
A cassette recording, a word-for-word script with duplication rights, seven or more student
activity sheets, discussion/writing questions, answer keys, a literary terms study packet, specific
teaching suggestions for the story title, strategies for teaching read-along in the secondary
classroom, an annotated script of the original story (when major changes are made in the
adaptation), and a sample lesson plan.
Common classroom uses:
Whole-class literature study.
Learning Stations -- Individual (home school for instance) or small group activities.
Models for writing and producing classroom plays.
Emergency Lesson Plans -- When teacher is absent, students are engaged in appropriate activities.
O. Henry's delightful story of inept conmen and their bungling scheme to obtain $2000 in ransom money for kidnapping the son of Ebenezer Dorset is reprinted in a single book format. When the crooks get the boy into the woods, he assumes the role of "Red Chief" and takes over. He immediately ties up one of the outlaws, later rides him like a horse, and then attempts to scalp him during the night. When Ebenezer Dorset responds to the ransom note, the would-be thieves are only too happy to comply. They take "Red Chief" home, pay the requested $250 for leaving him there, and rush out of town as quickly as possible. This reprint uses colored print (blue, green, yellow, and red) for some of the lines. The colored lines apparently reference the four-page commentary following the story which offers an analysis of literary techniques, although the significance of the colors is not explained. The story stands well by itself and its meaning is not significantly enhanced in these notes. A photograph of O. Henry, a four-page biography, and a black- and- white photo of a New York street from 1609 are also included. Although the story is great fun, the format of this book is not particularly attractive. Readers browsing the shelves will likely pass it by. "Creative Short Stories" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.