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Theater helps English learners master Common Core: But can it close the achievement gap?

The Hechinger Report – MARGARET RAMIREZ

“Inside Kelly Budde’s language arts class at Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, 11-year-old Carlos Vazquez was starring in the lead role of the Hairy Frog in the original production, “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.” Vazquez jumped to center stage, strummed his air guitar and sang out: “I can’t get noooooo satisfaction!”…In this riotous classroom filled with budding thespians and English language learners, the goal of this lively theater exercise was to teach literacy, boost vocabulary and help students master the new Common Core language arts curriculum…For English learners, the theater offers an innovative way to teach complex stories with difficult text structures.”(more)