COPPERAS COVE — When Copperas Cove Junior High students Shayne Moore, Samantha Pequinot and Wesley Sansom read their lines in the play, “A Nose for the King” by Jack London, little did they know they were simultaneously improving their skills in public speaking, communication, flexibility, kinesthetic learning, teamwork and confidence building.

Eighth-grade students in teacher Lisa Velazquez’s reading class put on a play for their classmates taking part in the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy program. The students examined the differences between the formats of the story.

Students volunteered for character roles and had one rehearsal before their performance.

On the first read through, students began to improve and add the use of props to make the play feel more real, Velazquez said.

“The students were so excited by the first read through of the play that they wanted to do it a second time and incorporate even more props,” Velazquez said.

“In future lessons, they will be incorporating more movement as the students really enjoyed the overall experience.”

Eighth-grader Moore found acting in the play helped him to better understand the material he was reading. “It is easier because you can see how it all plays out.”

Velasquez agrees the students were more motivated and engaged while they read the play.

Sansom said reading, memorizing, and performing the lines in a play forced him to learn in a different way. “(It) helps energize my mind and helps me to think longer when I act the story out.”

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