From the Back Cover
Guide to Improv in the Classroom
Most people know The Second City as an innovative school forimprovisation that has turned out leading talents such as AlanArkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. Thisgroundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators andstudents through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program,which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of contentareas and boost skills that are crucial for student learning:listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary,and more.
The scores of ready-to-use exercises offered here can be used toteach a wide variety of subjectsincluding language arts,math, science, and social studiesas well as to buildclassroom community and develop cooperative learning skills. All ofthe lessons are linked to current national standards for the UnitedStates and Canada, and have been proven particularly effective withkinesthetic learners and students with attention difficulties.
Praise for The Second City Guide toImprov in the Classroom
"This lively book reminds us that both real teaching and reallearning are essentially exploratory, empowering, and downrightfun."
Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, author, Imagining to Learn and You GottaBE the Book, winner of the David H. Russell Award for DistinguishedResearch in English Education
"The book offers wonderful resources for teachers interested indifferentiating instruction and expanding the range ofpossibilities for students to think by visualizing, creating newpossibilities, connecting and deepening meaning, sensing andfeeling."
Donna Ogle, Ed.D., professor, National-Louis University andpast president, International Reading Association
"The methods provided by McKnight and Scruggs are tried-and-trueand have proven to be extremely successful with students of allages."
Jessica Rogers, National Board Certified Teacher, DanielBoone Elementary School, Chicago
About the Author
Katherine S. McKnight, Ph.D., associate professor atNational-Louis University and an onsite consultant for the NationalCouncil of Teachers of English, is coauthor of Teaching Writing inthe Inclusive Classroom and Teaching the Classics in the InclusiveClassroom.
Mary Scruggs is an actress, director, playwright, and educator.She is currently the head of writing and education programs for TheSecond City Training Center in Chicago.