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  1. 1. The American Place Theatre: Literature to Life The American Place Theatre 630 9 th Avenue, Suite 809 New York, NY 10036
  2. 2. Literature to Life: Our Values <ul><li>Here at Literature to Life, The American Place Theater’s performance based literacy program, we strive to provide professionally staged verbalized adaptations of significant works in American literature. </li></ul><ul><li>We seek to enhance students’ engagement during the learning process, as well their overall achievements in their basic units of study. </li></ul><ul><li>We believe that creativity in teaching can aid in the acquisition of the literacy skills in today’s students. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Mission of the Literature to Life Program <ul><li>We provide students and teachers with qualitative theatre, literature, and imaginative educational experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>We work to enable teachers to use more creative learning strategies by using the methodology of our program. </li></ul><ul><li>We actively attain partnerships with schools using our Literature to Life Program. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our Proposal <ul><li>We desire to offer more performances, workshops and staff training. </li></ul>On site staff training session
  5. 5. Where Do We Intend To Expand? <ul><li>We desire to make our Literature to Life program more pervasive by expanding our influence in the community. </li></ul><ul><li>We intend to increase the distribution of our Literature to Life program in schools. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Goals of Our Proposal <ul><li>We want to focus on exposing students to literature that promotes a more analytical awareness and mind set. </li></ul><ul><li>We believe that these American literary works would provide an excellent opportunity to encourage the growth of critical thinking skills on multiple levels. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Inputs to Expansion <ul><li>We need donations that will enable us to aggrandize the accessibility of this program to all students. </li></ul><ul><li>We intend to expand our staff and capital resources to allow us to increase our distribution capabilities and influence in the community. </li></ul><ul><li>We wish to add additional supplies of costumes, props, and sets to accommodate this expansion. </li></ul><ul><li>We need funding in order to pay our staff, take care of our facilities and stage equipment, maintain our library, as well as the participation of volunteers in our program </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Process of Expansion <ul><li>We need to determine a targeted expansion plan that will best disseminate our goals to promote critical thinking, critical reading, and critical action in the community. </li></ul><ul><li>We intend to attain partnerships with more schools using our integrated Literature to Life Program. </li></ul><ul><li>We aim to inform more teachers in our community of our services and the benefits of empowering students to think critically. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Outputs of Expansion <ul><li>Additional plays and workshops would be added to the fall and spring theatrical seasons. </li></ul><ul><li>This expansion of the services in our program would result in more theatrical performances for audiences. </li></ul><ul><li>More in class presentations and workshops would be provided that would enable students to learn more about the American literary works that they are often taught in schools. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Outputs of Expansion (cont.) <ul><li>There would be an increase in educational workshops intergraded into the regular curriculum of schools. These programs would be infused into subjects such as: English, Theatre, and Social studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional training classes for instructors would be provided to enhance their abilities in using creative and innovative teaching strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>More workshops and training sessions would be given to instructors with theatre and educational backgrounds to teach them how to lead workshops that use an interactive literacy methodology. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Expansion Outcomes <ul><li>Students would be able to learn to apply critical thinking skills in additional historical contexts. </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to American literary works would help students to engage in the creative learning process. </li></ul><ul><li>It would also give teachers additional opportunities to interact with students on higher intellectual levels. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Community Need <ul><li>Multiple independent studies compiled by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, has shown that exposure to the arts greatly increases SAT scores. </li></ul><ul><li>Arts Course-taking Patterns and SAT Scores, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>VERBAL MATH </li></ul><ul><li>4+ years arts 534 540 </li></ul><ul><li>4 years 543 541 </li></ul><ul><li>3 years 514 516 </li></ul><ul><li>2 years 508 517 </li></ul><ul><li>1 year 501 515 </li></ul><ul><li>1/2 year or less 485 502 </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Community Need (cont.) <ul><li>According to a study by the Department of Art Education at Ohio State University, about 13 percent of all 17-year-olds in the United States can be considered functionally illiterate. </li></ul><ul><li>These statistics demonstrate how today’s students would benefit profusely with the integration of the arts into their basic academic studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the Literature to Life program serves this need in the community by providing a creative learning environment that encourages the development of cognitive skills, and a holistic understanding of literacy skills. </li></ul>
  14. 14. How Does This Apply to Critical Thinking? <ul><li>These staged performances of literary works will give students unique opportunities to transfer ideas to new contexts by encouraging them to relate the presentation to concepts and theories that they already know. For instance, say students are watching an adaptation of the book called The Giver . In the story a twelve year old boy named Jonas lives in a society where everything always remains the same and no change occurs; however the way he views the world soon changes when he is chosen to receive the memories of a far different kind of life. Students will be able to relate to the main character when he receives his first memory, which is of snow because of their own knowledge of what snow is. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will also learn to think reflectively by inferring connections between the show and their own life experiences. </li></ul>
  15. 15. How Does this Apply to Critical Reading? <ul><li>Watching these live staged performances enables students to understand what the text is saying , because they are visually immersed in the book as it comes to life before them. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are also encouraged to engage in the text , by actively participating in the presentation. For example, for the performances that take place in the classroom, students have the opportunity to interview central characters from the story as part of the scheduled presentation experience. Therefore, students are encouraged to be involved with the story and the lives of the characters. </li></ul>
  16. 16. How Does This Apply to Critical Action? <ul><li>These live adaptations of significant literary works will provide students with an excellent opportunity to see qualitative differences , as they observe the interactions of the different characters and plot themes that are in the performance. For instance, say students are watching a theatrical adaptation of the book called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, which depicts the struggles endured by a young girl in slavery. Students will have the opportunity to observe the differences between the culture, beliefs, and actions of the characters portrayed in that time period, and in turn compare it to their own life experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will also be given an excellent chance to maximize growth , by engaging in the performance. When the students participate in in-class workshops, the will be able to increase their knowledge of American literature by interviewing the central characters of the story. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Thinking Foundation And Literature to Life <ul><li>The American Place Theater’s Literature to Life program is striving to increase the development of substantive literacy skills in today’s students, as well as empowering teachers to discover more creative methods of educating their students. </li></ul><ul><li>Since The Thinking Foundation is interested in the transformation of learning, literacy, and teaching, a partnership of these two organizations would be an ideal step in moving towards greater critical literacy development in today’s schools. </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Thinking Foundation And Literature to Life (cont.) <ul><li>The Literature to Life program is seeking to provide unique learning opportunities for students that will benefit in ways such as: encourage student engagement during the learning process, facilitate critical reflection, and spark the student’s imagination. </li></ul><ul><li>Similarly, The Thinking Foundation is interested in the high quality academic and applied research in cognitive skills development, in order to transform the learning and literacy of students. </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Thinking Foundation And Literature to Life (cont.) <ul><li>The Literature to Life program, is also working to promote more creative methods of teaching, by encouraging instructors to use the Literature to Life methodology, as well as establishing strong partnerships with schools that use the integrated program. </li></ul><ul><li>The Thinking Foundation has also been working to achieve similar goals, by encouraging research in the development of cognitive and critical thinking skills, as well as sharing knowledge that is gained with other schools and learning institutions, in order to better equip teachers with the insight and abilities to provide more innovative ways of teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, it is evident that a partnership of these two organizations would be an ideal step towards the transformation of critical literacy skills in today’s students. </li></ul>
  20. 20. My Connection <ul><li>From my own experiences of performing in theatrical productions, I have enjoyed the experiences of portraying characters and events in history, and I have found that it has enabled me to remember their significance more easily. </li></ul><ul><li>I also have a great appreciation for works in classic literature and I delight in the ways that they provide a window into the past. </li></ul>
  21. 21. How to Get Involved <ul><li>One way you can get involved in the Literature to Life program, is by volunteering. You can do this by contacting the Managing Director Jennifer Barnette, at [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>Another way you can help support the American Place Theaters’ Literature to Life program, is by donating securely online at: </li></ul><ul><li>Or you could mail a check payable to the American Place Theater: The American Place Theatre 630 9th Avenue, Suite 809 New York, NY 10036. </li></ul>