01/18/08 — North Drive teacher has second play published

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North Drive teacher has second play published

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 18, 2008 1:59 PM

A reading teacher at North Drive Elementary School has had his second children's script published.

Gregory Brown's play "The Great Rhyme Travel Machine" will be part of Playbooks Inc.'s "Readers Theater" series and will be used to help boost literacy nationwide. The script focuses on two American legends, Amelia Earhart and Thomas Edison.

Brown's first Readers Theater script, "Johnny Appleseed -- An American Legend" was published by Benchmark Education of New York in 2006.

His passion for literacy and the arts have made him an asset at the school, said Principal Carol Artis.

"Mr. Brown currently teaches Reading Recovery, Guided Reading, and Readers Theater," she said. "His ability to create and apply effective reading strategies and exercises helps his students become excited about reading, while strengthening their reading abilities."

Characters in the Readers Theater script are written to different reading skill levels, making it easy for teachers to privately assign roles to students based on their level. The design also helps boost confidence and self-esteem among the students.

Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent of schools, said that Brown's written contributions will do much to benefit a wide audience of students.

"Strong literacy skills are vital for students to successfully compete in the 21st Century," he said. "We are excited to have a teacher work so hard to improve student achievement in the area of literacy. Mr. Brown's scripts help strengthen reading and vocabulary skills for our students here in Wayne County, as well as across the nation."