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World Book Classroom: Dramatic Learning

By Sally Finley - Posted Nov 1, 2011
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Company: World Book, Inc., 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601, Phone: (312) 729-5800, Fax: (312) 729-5600; www.worldbookonline.com

Price: Dramatic Learning is sold on a subscription basis. It is available from World Book’s school and library sales force at (800) 975-3250 (U.S.) and from the school and library ordering site (www.worldbookonline.com/sales). Educators can try Dramatic Learning free at www.worldbookonline.com/training/dramatic_learning/html/dl_11.htm.

Audience: Grades 4–12

System Requirements: Internet access via a computer is needed.

Description: World Book Dramatic Learning provides original scripts, skits, and monologues to build reading fluency and content comprehension.

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: World Book Dramatic Learning is accessed with a username and a password. In­ stallation Rating: A

Content/Features: Dramatic Learning offers more than 40 play scripts available on the site as webpages or downloadable Word documents. Topics cover a broad range of grade levels and subject areas. Some of the topics include the environment, the rain forest, Christopher Columbus, Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, Cesar Chavez, the Wright Brothers, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Cherokee Trail of Tears, and women’s rights.

Monologues provide reading practice that corresponds to the plays that are available.

Two- and three-person scripts extend the content of the available play scripts.

Activities related to state curriculum standards extend student learning of the topic. Included are a detailed list of materials needed and instructions for the student. The activities provide curriculum-focused tasks related to vocabulary, writing, and research. A one-touch dictionary helps to build vocabulary. There are also links to related encyclopedia content.

Lesson plans help the educator set objectives, select materials, and evaluate achievement through an Educator Page that details the curriculum content, materials needed, objectives, and instructions. Standards-based lessons engage higher-level thinking skills. Student pages can be downloaded.

Each play unit includes a printable, editable stage poster to advertise the production. The Program can be edited to permit student names to be added. Anchored links help find each play quickly.

Mini-inquiry projects assist students in locating, evaluating, selecting, using, and sharing information through research and presentations. Assessment forms are provided. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Dramatic Learning is easy to navigate. Links provide easy access to site features. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Telephone support is available at (800) 338-8382. Send emails to wboltech@worldbookonline.com. A Consumer Relations Inquiry Form is available online. Live representatives are available to answer questions and provide information. Product Support Rating: A

Classroom Applications: Plays can be used within the classroom or presented to a large group. Dramatic Learning can be used as enrichment or with struggling readers and ESL learners. Learning activities extend student learning. The videos can be used to model fluency readings. Students can be encouraged to write their own mini-scripts. The students can use learning monologues before or after the play is read. These monologues can also be used to get the students interested in the upcoming skit. They can be downloaded and used for in-class as well as take-home practice.

Recommendation: Dramatic Learning uses creative dramatics to motivate students and help them improve fluency and comprehension skills. There is no doubt that students will eagerly embrace the opportunity to participate in skits and monologues. The skits are presented in an easy-to-follow format with grade-level appropriate dialogue. The skits and monologues are available on the website and can also be downloaded and printed as Word documents for easy distribution. Support materials provide additional learning activities for the students. These work sheets are developed around the story of the play to spark interest and promote student achievement. Dramatic Learning promotes active learning to engage the students in all subject areas. It is an excellent tool to provide differentiated instruction for students. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley, educational consultant, Coral Springs, Fla.; sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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