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Spotlight on Saints Paperback – 2009
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Spotlight on Saints: A Year of Funny Readers Theater for Today s Catholic Kids contains twelve humorous readers theater scripts. Performed with or without props, these monthly plays engage and entertain students in grades 48. Each features a contemporary kid with a problemand a saint who helps them solve it. Author: Diana R. Jenkins Format: 180 pages, paperback Grades: 4-8 Publisher: Pauline Books and Media ISBN: 9780819871190
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What I love most about the plays is how accessible they are to kids. They feature a lot of characters, so a lot of kids can take part in the plays. Plus, they really are funny and relatable with lively characters that kids will enjoy playing. And one of the best thing about these plays is that the saints become memorable in a new way. Instead of just learning about a saint's life, kids can see how a particular saint's life can inspire them today. They can apply lessons such as forgiveness and truth to their own lives the way the kids in the plays did.
In addition to the plays themselves, there are suggestions on costumes/props, presentation, and a short bio about each saint. The introduction includes helpful tips on how to perform the plays as readers theater or transition them into traditional stage productions.
If you're looking for a truly funny and engaging book of plays for kids to use while learning about saints, Spotlight on Saints is for you.
Diana Jenkins' Spotlight on Saints hits that mark. The collection provides a saint and a "situation" to cover the liturgical year. Each play rings true about the problems that middle graders run into each day and offers a wonderful lesson in how to deal with them...all without pounding students over the head with heavy moral pronouncements. Jenkins' wit and humor shines through each offering. For Catholic school teachers and CCD teachers, this book is a must!