We bring reading comprehension to life in the classroom
Play In A Book in the classroom provides a fully integrated arts based curriculum that builds critical literacy skills using drama and immersion into an engaging story. Students are given the tools to bring a story to life, and our instructors use our proprietary materials and assessment tool to achieve results in an innovative way.
In School Residencies
After School Residency
Small Group Intervention
Play In A Book is a CPS preferred vendor for In-school Arts Services. This is a 30-session program that includes materials and an assessment module that can boost critical reading skills by an average of 31%. Our direct instruction introduces acting skills while focusing on improving literacy.
Up to 16 students spend 20 sessions reading and discussing a classic story and learning how to bring the characters to life on stage for a culminating performance. Play In A Book After School includes an introduction to theater as well as drama exercises that help engage the student in the art of the story.
Available for students grades 1 – 5 during the school day, this pull out program builds key reading skills in struggling readers through drama based methods. Lesson plan tailored to meet student needs based on test scores and teacher recommendation. Includes materials.
A three to four hour hands on workshop designed to prepare teachers to use the Act It Read It Series™ of books and companion workbooks to build key reading skills through drama. With purchase of materials.
Join a trained stage combat instructor in presenting selected fight scenes from William Shakespeare's works. This is an introductory course to the work of the Bard as well as a dive into rudimentary stage combat skills that serve to sell the idea that the Capulets didn't all that much like the Montagues.
Students join the author on a journey in developing a new title for the Play In A Book series. Designed as a summer program, students are given an opportunity to participate in writing, editing, and illustrating a new work and receive appropriate attribution for their efforts.
Play In A Math Book
This new residency brings the fun of the PIAB process to core Math instruction. Math through story, movement, and manipulatives with Numbers Nuñez, and the Math Rats.
The Act It Read It Series™ of books for students K - 8 combine a fully illustrated text along with a corresponding five-act play. Texts for the younger readers (K - 4) also include leveled scripts embedded phonics skills.
Our Classroom Actors combine years of professional experience in the arts with their training as teaching artists to deliver quality direct instruction that maintains the high standards sought by our partner schools. We work closely with teachers to assist in meeting their goals while providing a model of true arts integration.
Angela "Cookie" Silvia
Laura St. John
Info & Links
Chalmers School of Excellence
CICS - Bucktown Charter School
CICS - Irving Park Charter School
CICS - Jackson Charter School
Disney II Magnet School
Frazier Int’l Magnet School
Johnson School of Excellence
Marquette School of Excellence
Norwood Park Elementary
South Shore Fine Arts Academy
Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet
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