Friday, January 4, 2008

Hands on Literacy

Georgia educators and teaching artists had the opportunity to experience a storytelling technique called Story Basket Theater as a tool for introducing literacy skills to young learners. Karina Naumer, Master Artist, National Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, provided both a master class around the classic tale The Tortoise and the Hair and an interview. In the master class, Karina demonstrates the techniques of developing a Story Basket Theater lesson and works with the group to give them practice. In the interview, Karina answers questions about using drama techniques to foster literacy skills in very young learners. The technique of Story Basket Theater is the particular focus of this interview.
To see this strategy in action, you can view Hands On Literacy and Story Basket Theater. Both of these programs highlight the on-going drama and literacy work being done by Seaborn Lee Elementary School and The Alliance Theater.

Additional resources:

The Center for Education at Wolf Trap

Alliance Theater

Watch these programs on the GPB Education Satellite Network:

Hands On Literacy

Channel 420:

January 4 at 9:30 AM

January 11 and 18t at 6:30 AM

January 25 at 10 AM

Story Basket Theatre

Channel 420:

January 4 at 11:00 AM

January 11 and 18 at 8:00 AM

January 25 at 11:30 AM