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10/1/2013 to 11/5/2013
When: October 1, October 22, November 5
8-9:30 PM
Where: Comfort Of Your Own Home


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For those teachers and teaching artists who have been using the drama strategy of tableau in the classroom, this online course shares an advanced use of tableau—Human Slide Shows. A Human Slide Show is a series of tableaux (students creating frozen pictures with their bodies) that depict a sequence of events in a scene. Students are asked to identify the 4-5 important scenes in a work of literature or episode from history and show these moments in a series of tableaux. Their drama work is then expanded to incorporate dialogue that they create and finally, if desired, to stretch beyond silence and stillness and into scenes with sound and movement. Join Dr. Rosalind M. Flynn to learn how to introduce this drama strategy to students and use it to increase reading comprehension and engagement with text. In the third course session, participants will be invited to share photos of their own students presenting Human Slide Shows.

Rosalind Flynn, Head of the M.A. in Theatre Education at The Catholic University of America and a national Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, leads this online course based on the book she co-authored with Lenore Blank Kelner, A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension and her English Journal article "Shakespearean Slide Shows." Participants may want to purchase a copy of the book, which includes a chapter devoted to the Human Slide Show drama strategy, but participation in the online course does not require this purchase.


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