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The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom

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About This Book. About The Authors. Acknowledgments. CHAPTER ONE: It Begins with Play. Montessori?s Connection Between Play and Learning. Spolin?s Connection Between Play and Learning. What Has Happened to Play? Why Improvisation Works in the Classroom. The Second City Connection. Overview of the Book. CHAPTER TWO: Improvisation as a Pedagogical Tool for Engaged Learning. Connections Between Improvisation and Authentic, Engaging Teaching and Learning Experiences. Teaching and Learning Experiences. Improvisation for Engaged Teaching and Learning in the Diverse and Inclusive Classroom. The Brain Connection. Building a Community for Engaged Teaching and Learning. CHAPTER THREE: Literacy Learning and Improvisation. Potential Impact on Literacy Skill Development. Improvisation and Reading Links. Improvisation and Writing Links. Improvisation Links to Speaking and Listening. Some Concluding Thoughts. CHAPTER FOUR: Explanation of Improvisation Exercises. Getting Started. Time for Improvisation. Classroom Management. Sidecoaching and Refl ection. Improvisation Games. Ad Game. Alphabet. Beginning, Middle, End. Bippity, Bippity, Bop. Bus Trip. Conducted Story. Deck of Cards. Dr. Know-It-All. Gibberish. Give and Take. Half-Life. Mirror. Object Work. One-Word Story. Panel of Experts. Parts of a Whole. Pass the Clap. Slide Show. Space Walk. String of Pearls. Take That Back. Throwing Light. Who Started the Motion? Zip Zap Zop. CHAPTER FIVE: Skills and Teaching. Lesson: Lights, Camera . . . Re-Action! Alphabet Book. Story Generation Using Beginning, Middle, and End. Conducting an American Revolution Review. Speaking in Songs. Becoming Characters. Math Gibberish Translator. Building a Relationship. Geometric Object Work. One-Word Story, a Many-Word Story. Physicalizing Cell Structure. ?Ten Days in a Madhouse? Human Slide Show. Geometry Walk. Painting Visualization. String of Ideas. Tableau Activity for Analytic Geometry. Picture Book Tableau. In-Class Field Trip?Using Tableaux to Explore the Role of Perception in Communication. Throwing Math Light. CHAPTER SIX: Engaging Students in Learning. Authentic and Engaged Learning. The Literacy Connection. Some Final Thoughts. Index.

About the Author

Katherine S. McKnight, Ph.D., associate professor at National-Louis University and an onsite consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English, is coauthor of Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom and Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom. Mary Scruggs is an actress, director, playwright, and educator. She is currently the head of writing and education programs for The Second City Training Center in Chicago.

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