I am so excited! You have GOT to see this…
This reader, an ELL student, has difficulties reading fluently. He also reads in a monotone voice, making it difficult to understand what he is trying to say. I this exercise, I worked with Flynn Theater artist Susanna Olson to help M. add sound effects, gestures and tone of voice to a line of his choosing from the story he was reading.
This helped improve:
- his engagement with the story,
- his understanding of the plot,
- and his knowledge of theater techniques.
Click the period of the sentence to hear his first reading, and the lines to hear the new and improved versions. Or just listen through. The first time is without Susanna’s help, and the second is with! So beautiful!