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“What a pleasure it was to discover a series totally devoted to the EFL/ESL teacher who may already understand the value of teaching through Drama, or who would like to try this approach for the first time in the classroom” —Charlyn Wessels Dyers, Author of Drama in the Oxford Resource Series for Teachers
“A wealth of preparatory activities, suggestions for varied ways of using the text and helpful suggestions for follow-up. What are we waiting for? The play’s the thing . . .“—Alan Maley
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Winner, 2019 Writing Award, Lone Star College
Rising Water is an English language textbook that teaches spoken communication skills through the performance of an engaging and compelling one-act play. This action-packed original play is about a rebellious teenager who finds himself in the middle of a flooded city!
Whether it’s reader’s theater, an in-class performance, or a full production, putting on a play is the ultimate group project.
And drama is a powerful tool for learning spoken communication skills! Students take on acting skills like using body language, gesture, intonation, and other non-verbal cues to communicate better. They are exposed to natural language in a realistic setting. And they are motivated and engaged!
A range of activities prepare students to perform as they practice language skills:
- Background readings on topics raised by the play: how cities are fighting climate change and responding to natural threats, the unsung heroes of Hurricane Harvey, and why teenagers love risk!
- An original one-act play written for ELLs about a typical teenager who just can’t seem to get it together. When his city is hit by a flood though, his conservative parents and overachieving friends are helpless! Ajax’s recklessness may the only thing that can save the day
- Pragmatics lesson on asking for help and recognizing sincere vs. insincere offers
- Drama games about speaking with emotion and using emphasis to make meaning.
- Scaffolding to prepare students to produce a play including
- Lessons on attentive listening
- Guided questions to analyze the play
- Ideas for auditioning, learning a part, and marking scripts for emotional content to improve line readings.
- Tips for staging a play
- Post-Performance Activities, including a talkback, a mini-debate, writing a new scene or even a sequel or mining the play for useful language
- An optional assignment to host a panel discussion about how to best prepare teenagers for the future.
- Assessment rubrics and an answer key
Your students will look forward to class with this innovative resource that utilizes drama in language teaching! The play’s the thing!
Preview Rising Water
- Take a look inside by downloading the Table of Contents and a Sample of Rising Water.
- Listen to the play performed scene by scene on our podcast on SoundCloud or wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search for “Integrated Skills Through Drama.
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|Dimensions||11 × 8.5 × .25 in|
13 July 2018
8.5 x 11 inches
Here are some free downloadable resources you can use with the book. Have you come up with your own great idea for an activity that works with Rising Water? Send it to us. If we use it, we’ll send you a discount coupon good for any of our titles.
- How to Organize a Mini-Debate One of the suggestions for post-performance activities in the book is a mini-debate. It’s a great way to have students grapple with the theme of the play, work with language, and practice the pragmatics of persuasion. Suggested topics for Only the Best Intentions include:
Is addiction to screens a serious problem or not?
Children should learn to use technology because technology is the future.
Agree or Disagree: Schools should ban phones, tablets, and other devices.
Agree or Disagree: Esports are not real sports.
- How to Do Readers Theater Reader’s Theater is a great way to practice pronunciation and pragmatics with a minimum of preparation. Students can also being analyzing the script and rehearse for a full-production. Here’s some things to take into consideration as you do Reader’s Theater in class.