School Year Literacy Residencies

First Stage’s Literacy Residencies develop critical literacy skills among students to increase achievement on standardized tests and enhancing their overall comprehension and retention of grade appropriate English Language Arts Model Academic Standards.

Literacy Residency builds students' skills and knowledge in the following key learning areas:

  • Story comprehension
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Presentation/public speaking
  • Group/team work
  • Multicultural perspectives

School Year Literacy Residency programs include:

EARLY LITERACY RESIDENCY: Bring stories to life week after week!

  • Price: $1,500 per classroom
  • Grade levels: K4 – 2
  • Location: First Stage comes to the classroom
  • Times: Fourteen 45-minute weekly sessions taking place every other week throughout the school year.  Workshop dates and times are flexible to the classroom’s schedule.
  • Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:  CCSS-ELA: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.K.3, RL.1.3, RL.K.4, RL.1.4, RL.K.6, RL.1.6, RL.K.7, RL.1.7, RL.K.9, RL.1.9, RL.K.10, RI.K.1, RI.1.1, RI.K.2, RI.1.2, RI.K.4, RI.1.4, RI.K.7, RI.1.7, RI.K.10, W.K.1, W.1.1, W.K.3, W.1.3, SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.K.3, SL.1.3, SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.K.6

Using literary and informational texts, students develop and reinforce their understanding of literacy skills, such as compare and contrast; beginning, middle, end; points of view; main idea; sequencing. A new story is read during each session.  Classroom teachers receive 14 free books throughout the year to add to their classroom library, and each student receives one free book at the end of the year.

LITERACY RESIDENCY: Connect active learning strategies to English Language Arts curriculum.

  • Price: $3,000 per classroom
  • Grade levels: 3 – 5
  • Location: First Stage comes to the classroom
  • Times: Twenty-five consecutive 45-minute weekly sessions.  Workshop dates and times are flexible to your classroom’s schedule.
  • Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:  CCSS-ELA: RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.4, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, Rl.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.6, RL.5.9, RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.6, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.5, W.2.3, W.2.7, W.3.3, W.4.1, W.4.3, W.5.1, W.5.3, SL.2.1, SL.2.2, SL.2.3, SL.2.4, SL.2.6, SL.3.1, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6, SL.4.1, SL.4.2, SL.4.3, SL.4.4, SL.4.5, SL.5.1, SL.5.2, SL.5.4, SL.5.6, L.4.5, L.5.5

Using literary and informational texts and grade level ELA curricula, students develop and reinforce their understanding of literacy skills, such as determining the central message in fables and folktales; story structure, including narrative structure; compare and contrast points of view, themes and sequences of events; main idea and supporting details; orally recount a story or report on a topic.

PLAYWRITING RESIDENCY: Create and perform dramatic works.

  • Price: $1,500 per classroom
  • Grade levels: 6 – 8
  • Location: First Stage comes to the classroom
  • Times: Fourteen consecutive 45-minute weekly sessions.  Workshop dates and times are flexible to the classroom’s schedule.
  • Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:  CCSS-ELA: W.6.3, W.7.3, W.8.3, W.6.4, W.7.4, W.8.4, W.6.5, W.7.5, W.8.5, SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1, SL.6.6, SL.7.6, SL.8.6

In teams, students explore the basics of playwriting, including dramatic structure; writing dialogue; organizing an event sequence; use of descriptive details and sensory language to develop characters and events.  Students go through a writing process that includes planning, revising, editing, and rewriting.  Students will conclude by performing a staged reading of their scripts. 

FAMILY LITERACY NIGHTS: Invite First Stage to actively engage parents and students in a participatory story drama experience.

  • Price: $350
  • Grade levels: K4 – 3
  • Location: First Stage comes to the school or community center
  • Times: Workshops are 45 minutes long, and dates and times are flexible.

First Stage will engage a family group of up to 100 people during this exciting storytelling experience that provides adults and children the opportunity to actively participate in the dramatic activities together.  Choose from a selection of Family Literacy Night workshops, or ask First Stage to create a workshop geared to a specific theme or story.

 


Contact the Education Department to set up residency session dates and times. Residency sessions will be arranged based on Teaching Artist availability and your classroom schedule. Contact us at (414) 267-2978 or email education@firststage.org

 




 


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