Elementary schools in Morristown, N.J., school district have partnered with the Mayo Performing Arts Center to offer a six-week program to teach third-graders how to perform dramatic readings to improve their reading comprehension and learn to speak in public. The arts center places its teaching artists in the classrooms for 12 sessions in which they coach students on how to read aloud to express emotion. "To support the curriculum, this really adds to understanding. It's not just the literature -- it's a different learning style," said Jen Allen, one of the teaching artists and a former elementary-school educator.
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