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Theatre of the Mind
(3rd edition)

Last revision August 2007.

Book w/1 SFX CD
THMI-119-1 $29.95 

Book with 1 Sound Effects CD for "Last Leaf":

 

Book w/3 SFX CDs
THMI-119-2
$39.95

Book with 3 Sound Effects CDs for "Last Leaf":

 

Book as a CD Package 
THMI-119-3 
 
$29.95

Containing:

  • 1 "Last Leaf" SFX CD and duplication rights to make two more copies.

  • 1 Data CD containing all text portions (teacher material, Unit Plans, Information Sheets, Student Worksheets, Scripts) in .pdf format.

 

 

 

Extra Sound Effects CD
PRDSFX-321
$7.00 each
 For "Last Leaf " Production Script

 Unit Plans/Student Materials Only
THMData-322
$19.95 each

Data CD Containing (.pdf format):

  • Unit Plans

  • Information Sheets

  • Student Worksheets

  • Scripts ("Last Leaf" SFX not included, purchase separately, above)

    • Three Levels of "Last Leaf" production scripts

    • RT-1 Production Script

    • Pandora's Box Production Script

 

 

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About Theatre of the Mind

  • Provides a venue for students to develop and practice ALL their language skills and includes detailed suggestions for producing radio dramas with uncomplicated equipment available in most schools

  • Includes reproduction rights for scripts, information sheets, and student worksheets. Make copies from the manual or from the Data CD.

  • Includes (on Data CD in PDF format) data files for student sections. Copy Scripts, Student Information Sheets, Student Worksheets, and Unit Plans right from your computer. Now includes Audacity, free audio editing software program.

  • Includes unit plans for a variety projects.

  • Now includes a section on digital recording and editing of sound files! Record and edit on your computer.

  • Includes four scripts:

    • "The Last Leaf" (Level I, Level II & Level III from the classroom production kit of the same title.)

    • "Planet RT-1" an original script.

    • "Pandora’s Box" adapted from the Greek myth.

  • Includes recorded sound effects (on CD) for "The Last Leaf" scripts.

  • The manual is plastic-comb bound for easy duplicating of the numerous worksheets and model scripts.

(152 pages--8 1/2 by 11)

 

CONTENTS of Theatre of the Mind

 

Why Use Radio Drama in the Classroom? (to read, Click Here)

1. Turning Passive Students into Active Learners

2. A Brief History of Radio Drama in America

3. The Radio Drama Project

4. Preparing Your Students

5. Writing in the Theatre of the Mind

  • Writing: a Recipe for Images
  • Examples for Students
  • Script Format
  • Production Style
  • Script Style
    • One Play by the Whole Class
    • Individual or Small Group Scripts
  • Sound Effects

6. Producing in the Theatre of the Mind

  • Selecting a Play to Produce
  • Jobs Involved in Producing a Radio Drama
  • Equipment
  • Production Style
  • Studio Rules
  • Common Purposes of Sound Effects
  • Using Sound Effects
  • Kinds of Sound Effects
  • Sound Used in Radio Drama
  • Transitions Between Scenes
  • Changing a Sound's Character
  • Recorded Sound Effects
  • Manual Sound Effects
  • Acting
  • Casting the Play
  • Rehearsals
  • Setup Details
    • Presenting for an Audience
    • Recording the Production

7. Computer Assisted Audio Drama Production

  • Creating a Recorded Play on a Computer
  • Working with Digital Sound Files
    • Two Kinds of Audio
    • Required Hardware
  • Using Software
  • Recording to the Hard Drive
  • Recording with Adobe Audition
  • Cutting Unwanted Sound from a File
  • Processing a Digital Sound File
    • Changing Volume
    • Fade-in/Fade-out
    • Generating Silence
    • Reducing Noise
  • Appending
    • Splice Parts of Two Files
    • Combining Multiple Files
  • Hard Limiting
  • Other Operations
  • Collecting Sound Effects
  • Using Adobe Audition Multitrack Function to Add Sound Effects and Music
  • Creating a Sound Effects CD

8. Unit Plans

  • Unit Plan 1, Readers Theatre
  • Unit Plan 2, Producing "The Last Leaf" Level I Script for an Audience
  • Unit Plan 3, Adapting a Short Story with the Whole Class
  • Unit Plan 4, A Night to Remember
  • Unit Plan 5, A Favorite Myth
  • Unit Plan 6, A Radio Drama Project for All Subject Areas

9. Information Sheets

  • Radio Drama Glossary of Terms
  • Mark-Up Scripting for Readers Theatre
  • Acting, Analysis of the Play
  • The Mechanics of Acting
  • Job Descriptions
  • Level Check
  • Hand Signals
  • Sound Effects
  • Recording Sound Effects
  • Using Recorded SFX on CDs
  • Using Recorded SFX on Cassettes
  • Manual Sound Effects
  • Writing in the Theatre of the Mind
  • Suggestions for Writing in the Theatre of the Mind
  • Script Structure
  • Script Format
  • Selecting a Story to Adapt
  • Steps in Adapting a Story
  • "Pandora's Box" a retelling of the Greek myth
  • Outline Development of "Pandora’s Box" (adapting a story)
  • Writing an Original Radio Script
  • Outline Development of "Planet RT-1" (original script)

10. Student Worksheets

  • A Dozen Great Myths
  • Creating Manual Sound Effects
  • Listening to a Radio Drama
  • Rehearsal Critique Notes
  • Sequencing the Encounter A Night to Remember Worksheet
  • ADAPTING A STORY
    • Story Analysis [Adapting a Story] Worksheet # 1
    • Summary [Adapting a Story] Worksheet # 2
    • Breaking Summary into Scenes [Adapting a Story] Worksheet # 3
    • Scene Analysis [Adapting a Story] Worksheet # 4
  • WRITING AN ORIGINAL SCRIPT
    • Develop a Concept [Writing an Original Radio Script] Worksheet # 1
    • Summary [Writing an Original Radio Script] Worksheet # 2
    • Breaking Summary into Scenes [Writing an Original Radio Script] Worksheet # 3
    • Scene Development [Writing an Original Radio Script] Worksheet # 4
  • Audition Sheet

11. Resources Section

  • Readers Theatre
  • Short Stories
  • Scripts
  • Sound Effects
  • Radio Dramas on Tape or CD
  • A Note About Prices
  • Digital Editing Software
  • CD Creation Software
  • Equipment

12. Production Scripts

  • "The Last Leaf" Level I Script
  • "The Last Leaf" Level II Script
  • "The Last Leaf" Level III Script
  • "Planet RT-1" Script (an original radio drama script)
  • "Pandora’s Box" Script (An adaptation of the Greek myth)

 

 
 
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