Students in Communication Studies Lecturer Melanie Masonâ€™s Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature class are participating in a service learning project this semester with Theatre Arts classes at Watauga Middle School and Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.
The Communication students are working with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders on a readerâ€™s theatre presentation.
Mason says the students are connecting on a project for International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, according to the groupâ€™s website. http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-started.
â€œMy students have provided these middle schoolers with a Reader's Theatre version of the book and a set of questions based on Burke's Pentad Dramatism Analysis so that they can better understand the script for performance,â€ Mason explained. â€œThese students will then perform for us and have a discussion together on the experience.â€
The COMS students have been Skyping with the younger students during class time. The Grand Prairie students visited the UTA campus for presentation of the groupâ€™s collaborative project in September.
â€œThis project gave my students an opportunity to further explore interpretation of Children's Literature, both from an individual perspective and to watch the target demographic in action,â€ Mason added.
â€œWe also provided some great resources to these middle school teachers and exposed these kids to a university experience at UTA. Go Mavs!â€