Friday, May 11, 2012

Episode #4: The Drama of Literacy Learning

Featuring Host, Mark Gura’s interview with Scholastic author Mack Lewis

Click to launch podcast

This episode features an interview with Mack Lewis, a National Board Certified teacher and author of numerous books and articles, many of them published by Scholastic.  Mr. Lewis’ interests include writing plays and dramatized literature. He writes for classroom teachers and students, keeping his own classroom and the needs of his own students in mind throughout the creative process.

Also, this episode covers a variety of approaches and resources for the introduction of Drama into the curriculum. These include: an overview of the many strategies possible for integrating drama, assessing oral expression in the classroom, the use of audio recordings of vintage radio shows and digital animation as platforms for integrating Drama, and Readers Theater

Episode Segments with Run Times:

Part I

- Teaching Drama in the Classroom - A Toolbox for Teachers -
Starts @ 4minutes/32 seconds
- Grading Oral Expression: A Blind Spot for Teachers-
Starts @ 7 minutes/47 seconds
- Reader's Theater - Starts @13 minutes/9 seconds
- The Read Aloud Experience - Starts @ 11minutes/6 seconds
- Radio Days WEBQUEST- Starts @ 14 minutes/27 seconds
- Relic Radio - 17 minutes/36 seconds
- Animation to Integrate Drama - Starts @ 19 minutes/8 seconds

Part II
Interview with Mack
Lewis – Starts @ 35 minutes/7 seconds
LINKS to Articles and Resources
1)   Mack Lewis:
Mack’s FREE article:  Why Use Drama? Reader's Theater Tips, Strategies, & Teacher's Guide
2)   SIG-LIT Book Study “Teaching With Author Websites”
+ Publishers site for book:
3)   Teaching Drama in the Classroom L A Toolbox for Teachers
4)   Grading Oral Expression: A Blind Spot for Teachers
Considering all the time teachers set aside for discussion, it makes
sense to find ways to formally measure students' oral contributions,
says teacher Kyle Redford.

5) The Power of Reader's TheaterAn easy way to make dramatic changes in kids' fluency, writing, listening, and social skills
6) The Read Aloud Experience
7) Radio Days WEBQUEST:
) Relic Radio:
9) (ISTE published book) Visual Arts Units: All Levels  (Chapters/Units  16 & 17 cover PowerPoint and Animation)
10) Domo Animation + EdTech Blog covers Domo Animate:

)  xtranormal –
+ samples:
+ Related article from Scholastic:
12) Frames
) Read Write Think  printout resources:
-  Character Map
Who are the characters in this story? Students will examine what a character looks like, what a character does, and how other characters react to him or her.
- Conflict Map
Ask students to remember a story with no problem or conflict. That would be difficult to do! With this printout, students learn to examine the critical plot element of conflict.
- Narrative Pyramid
After students read a short story or chapter of a novel, they can use the Narrative Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details.- Sequence of Events Chart
This graphic organizer helps students see the sequential or cause-effect relationships between multiple events in a text.

            PrimaryAccess is a suite of free online tools that allows students
            and teachers to use primary source documents to complete
            meaningful and compelling learning activities with digital movies,
            storyboards, rebus stories and other online tools.
            + How to make a Storyboard -

Host, Mark Gura’s blog:

Literacy Special Interest Group links:

Contact the Literacy Special Interest PODCAST:

ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. You can learn more about becoming an ISTE member at
    COMING SOON…Upcoming episodes, featuring inspiring interviews with: NY Times Bestselling Author,  Andrea Davis Pinkney: - Jeff Piontek, author of Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts, Oh My! Electronic Media in the Classroom