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In Their Own Words–review

November 27, 2009
From Carol T. Jones, Director, Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists

‘The growing number of students for whom English is a second language creates new challenges for our teachers and schools. However, it also creates opportunities for drama teachers to use the tools that are ideal to meet these needs. In this book, Dan Kelin provides detailed strategies for exploring language and communication through drama, as well as springboards to success through story making, reader’s theater, and improvisational plays leading to informal performance. A selection of delightful short tales from around the world, ideal for drama, add to the richness of this material. “This book is a must-have for any educator who teaches the English language to children in elementary and middle-school grades. Dan Kelin has created a highly practical drama toolbox for building communication skills through story–supported by a deep understanding of how all children learn language. Teachers can use the frameworks outlined in this thoughtful and practical text to engage students in meaningful, active learning experiences that really work.’