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Ms. Umstead from Raleigh NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Lights! Camera! Literacy!

My students need a collection of 30 theatre books to help ease their stage fright and connect literacy with theatre.

  • $438 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

You stand on the stage, shaking. You've been practicing for months. Your lines are memorized and you know where to stand but for some reason you can't shake your nerves.

My students experience this almost daily.

They struggle with stage fright and fear of the judgment of their peers. Students often approach me excited about a performance but feeling somewhat isolated by having the "spotlight on them". Many of them also do not realize the connection between literacy and drama class.

My Project

I have requested a mix of books about stage fright. Some of these books are chapter books and others are picture books. I hope to have a library of books that students can pursue when they are feeling performance anxiety. If a student reads a story about a fictional character overcoming their fears, often the student will identify with the character and it will give them new motivation or calm their fears. I have also requested some books with monologues, scenes and readers' theater so that as a whole class we can work together to get comfortable performing.

These materials will be used by students in pre k classes through 5th grade.

You will make an impact on the entire school. Focusing on the connection between literacy and drama, there is also a possibility to get kids engaged in reading and raise test scores. Please help our school out!

Ms. Umstead
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Drama: Learning Connections in Primary Schools Barbara Poston-Anderson • Barnes and Noble $55.57 1 $55.57
Stage Fright (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Series #4) Meg Cabot • Barnes and Noble $10.17 1 $10.17
The Musical (Babymouse Series #10) Matt Holm, Jennifer L. Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matt Holm (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.09 1 $4.09
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House Series #25) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $2.72 1 $2.72
Olivia Acts Out Adapted by Jodie Shepherd, Patrick Spaziante (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.81 1 $10.81
Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked (Junie B. Jones Series #23) Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Priscilla Superstar! Nathaniel Hobbie, Jocelyn Hobbie (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
A Rose by Any Other Name (The English Roses Series #4) Madonna, Jeffrey Fulvimari (Illustrator), With Erica Ottenberg • Barnes and Noble $4.25 1 $4.25
DK Readers: Welcome to the Globe: The Story of Shakespeare's Theatre (Level 4: Proficient Readers), Vol. 4 Peter Chrisp, Linda Martin (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $2.72 1 $2.72
Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright Stan Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $2.72 1 $2.72
Broadway Barks Bernadette Peters, Liz Murphy (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.34 1 $15.34
William Shakespeare and the Globe Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.77 1 $4.77
Beverly Billingsly Takes a Bow Alexander Stadler • Barnes and Noble $5.11 1 $5.11
Romeo and Juliet (Manga Shakespeare Series) William Shakespeare, Sonia Leong (Illustrator), Adapted by Richard Appignanesi • Barnes and Noble $6.96 1 $6.96
Fancy Nancy: The Show Must Go On (I Can Read Series Level 1) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Break a Leg!: The Kid's Guide to Acting and Stagecraft Lise Friedman, Mary Dowdle, Mary Dowdle (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $9.50 1 $9.50
Leading Ladies Marlee Matlin, Doug Cooney • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Midsummer Night's Dream : For Kids Lois Burdett, Lois Burdett (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $6.80 1 $6.80
The School Play Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #21) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $2.72 1 $2.72
The Phantom of the Opera (Classic Starts Series) Gaston Leroux, Troy Howell (Illustrator), Abridged by Diane Namm, Arthur Pober (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Magnificent Monologues for Kids: The Kids' Monologue Source for Every Occasion! Chambers Stevens, Renee Rolle-Whatley (Editor), Foreword by Steven Woolf • Barnes and Noble $9.53 1 $9.53
American Folklore, Legends, and Tall Tales for Readers Theatre Anthony D. Fredericks • Barnes and Noble $21.37 1 $21.37
Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays Avi, Susan Cooper, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Fabulous Feud of Gilbert and Sullivan Jonah Winter, Richard Egielski • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Readers' Theater: Grade 3 Evan-Moor, Linde • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
My First Monologue Book: 100 Monologues for Young Children Kristen Dabrowski • Barnes and Noble $9.69 1 $9.69
Broadway Presents! Kids' Musical Theatre Anthology: A Treasury of Songs from Stage & Film, Specially Designed for Young Singers!, Book & CD Lisa DeSpain (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $18.63 1 $18.63
Mother Goose Readers Theatre for Beginning Readers Anthony D. Fredericks • Barnes and Noble $21.37 1 $21.37
Sensational Scenes for Kids: The Scene Study-Guide for Young Actors! Chambers Stevens, Nathan Hope (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $12.14 1 $12.14
Tell It Together: Foolproof Scripts for Story Theatre Barbara McBride-Smith • Barnes and Noble $15.34 1 $15.34

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