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Let the Show Begin! Literary Talent Show
|Grades||K – 6|
|Activity Time||2 to 3 hours for Part One of preparation, 2 to 3 hours for Part Two of preparation, plus time to perform the talent show (can be worked on for multiple days)|
Children love to put on skits for friends and family. They also enjoy sharing their favorite songs, poems, and stories. In this activity, children incorporate these loves into a talent show, complete with costumes, props, and programs for the audience.
When children act out a text such as a song, poem, or story, they have to make decisions about which aspects of the text are most interesting and important to focus on. In order to make these decisions successfully, children have to analyze the text and consider their audience. What will people at the talent show need to know about the original story to make sense of it? Which characters are the main characters and which ones can be left out of the talent show rendition of the story? As children examine their favorite songs, poems, and stories in preparation for their talent show, they will practice active reading, analysis, and audience awareness.