02/14/2012 09:44 AM
BATON ROUGE – The Kappa Delta Epsilon honorary professional education fraternity,
or KDE, will host a Readers’ Theatre afterschool program at Highland Elementary on
March 27 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The event is part of a series of philanthropic local outreach
events for the organization.
“This will be an opportunity for KDE members to help support the cause of education
in our local community,” said Service Chair Hannah Darphin, an elementary education
student in the LSU College of Education.
Reader’s Theatre is a dramatic expression of literature in script form. Parts are
divided up amongst a group of students and read aloud. As the scripts are read by
the students when performing, lines do not have to be memorized.
“Readers Theatre is a wonderful way to enhance comprehension while encouraging enthusiasm
in learning,” said Darphin. “The use of Readers’ Theatre allows for a different situation
where students are exposed to literature focusing on various content areas like social
studies, science, art and poetry.”
Students will break into small groups with a KDE volunteer as a leader and each one
choose a part in their Readers’ Theatre script. They will make masks to represent
the character they are playing and practice reading the scripts. The KDE mentors will
also lead a discussion with the students about what types of expression and gestures
are appropriate for each character. Following this, each group of students will perform
their script for other groups and KDE volunteers.
“It is important that we promote community involvement and recognize the need to give
back,” said Darphin. “It also supports our desires to better the education for the
local area students. We have a wonderful resource of young women and men who are passionate
about education. As future teachers, KDE members will be role models to hundreds of
students throughout our lives. We hope to promote good habits of regular community
service that we can pass on to our students.”
Registration is open to all KDE members, but spots are limited and on a first-come-first-serve
The Kappa Delta Epsilon Honorary Professional Education Fraternity is a College of
Education student organization that promotes the cause of education by fostering a
spirit of fellowship, high standards of scholastic attainment and professional ideals.
For more information on KDE, visit: http://coe.ednet.lsu.edu/coe/students/organizations.html#kde.
For more information about the LSU College of Education, visit www.lsu.edu/coe.
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012