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STUDENTS TELL TALES TO GRADE-SCHOOLERS

A story about eating fried worms usually would draw looks of disgust and anguish, but a group of grade-schoolers found it to be funny and entertaining.

Trinity oral interpretation students visited Southwest Christian Schools Thursday, May 1, and performed fairy tales and short stories for children in primary grades. Communication arts professor Annalee Ward has coordinated the visits to the Oak Lawn and Tinley Park campuses for the past eight years.

"It's a change of pace for my students as we wind down the academic year," Ward said. "The kids really look forward to our visit, particularly those who have seen us for two or three years."

Ward's students create a script based on literature appropriate for grade-schoolers and give interpretations in reader's theater style in front of the children, engaging the audience's imaginations with humor, wit, and drama. One of those stories was Thomas Rockwell's How To Eat Fried Worms, performed for a fourth-grade class. They also performed scripts from The Frog Prince Continued (John Sciezka), The Enormous Crocodile (Roald Dahl), and The Whipping Boy (Sid Fleischman).

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