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Students will compare and contrast a written adapted version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island with a live performance.

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The Treasure of Reading

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School:
Osceola Middle School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Melissa Colgan 
 
Katie Hawley, Jill Shircliff, Rachel Davis 
Students Impacted:
55 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
October 20, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Joanne McIntyre - $275.00

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Goal

Students will compare and contrast a written adapted version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island with a live performance. 

 

What will be done with my students

The separate intensive, moderate and mild English language arts classes will first complete a thorough study of the novel Treasure Island, at a level that the students with significant cognitive disabilities will be able to understand, with support and activities to increase engagement with the text. These will be separate for the three levels, and will include teacher-created student versions with visual support for the moderate and intensive students. Students will work through story element, comprehension and retelling activities to ensure understanding of the story. Students will then experience the live performance of Treasure Island at the Mahaffey Theatre on May 4, 2015. Following the performance, students will participate in activities that will compare and contrast the two versions of the novel, making connections between the written and performed texts. 

 

Benefits to my students

Students with significant cognitive disabilities often require multiple experiences in order to make connections with texts. Participating in reading leveled texts with visual supports and attending the live performance of Treasure Island will provide rich exposure to a complex literary classic that may otherwise be inaccessible to these students. 

 

Describe the Students

All students are in self-contained ESE (MMI)classes, with instruction on access points related to Florida Alternate Assessment. All students have a significant cognitive disability, requiring a modified curriculum below grade level. All students have IEP goals in social/emotional behavior, independent functioning and communication in addition to academic goals. Many have health care/medical needs as well. Several students have multiple disabilities and receive services for occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language, and behavior needs. Some students are autistic, and require unique accommodations for sensory and communication needs. 

 

Budget Narrative

Teachers will create the adapted texts or purchase from teacher websites. The $275 will go to Mahaffey Theater for the cost of student tickets. The staff at Mahaffey has agreed to allow all accompanying ESE teachers and support staff to attend the performance at no charge. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 55 tickets to performance of Treasure Island $275.00
  Total: $275.00

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