Literacy Alive is a quick moving fun-filled enrichment program that gets students of all ages excited about reading. Robert Rivest reveals the "hidden treasures" of reading and comically illustrates and the joys of reading everyday. His humorous celebration of reading has been a huge hit with elementary, middle school and family audiences. Robert's mastery of mime, theater and improvisation quickly engages children, teens, and adults, and keeps them actively engaged throughout the entire program.
For older groups Robert incorporates comprehension strategies such as: using mental imagery and visualization, answering and generating questions, activating prior knowledge, making and verifying predictions, monitoring comprehension, and recognizing story structure.
Robert Rivest's playful, interactive, mime and theater stories offer crystal clear examples of: Plot, Character, Setting, Problem, Solution, Beginning, Middle, End, Comedy, and Drama. A fun, educational way to celebrate reading!
"Robert Rivest's Literacy shows bring full circle the concept of reading and writing a story. The children are laughing while important concepts are reinforced. His shows are just as enchanting to teachers. Fantastic for everyone!"
- Diane Skoparantzos, Co-Chair for Read Across America Program
This festive celebration of reading is so exciting nearly every hand goes up for Robert's playful interactive pieces. Everyone gets a chance to act out a variety of characters and explore exciting story themes. He inspires even the most reluctant readers with his insightful, well crafted presentation of aspects of literature we often take for granted.
School shows are 45 minutes and often work best with 175-225 students (or less). Staff development programs also available.
"This guy was great! I laughed out loud he was so funny. I liked how he showed the 5 senses and other details of reading. Robert Rivest's mime skills were Amazing. His interactions with the students were Awesome."
Students' Comments, Springfield Technical Community College, MA
"Robert Rivest uses his body like a writer who chooses his words carefully. He communicated with us brilliantly! His audience participation had everyone moving and laughing."
Parents' comments, Nock Middle School , Newburyport, MA
"It was a pleasure to have Robert Rivest come to our school and focus on literacy and reading. The children were laughing and really enjoyed the performances. It is nice to present learning in such an entertaining way."
Donna Boynton, Assembly Coordinator, North Canaan Elementary School, CT
"A terrific show! Everyone loved it. All feedback was positive for this highly artistic, very educational program. Literacy Alive has wide audience appeal."
Brook Stevens, Storrs Library
For the very young (and young at heart) Robert Also offers . . . The Alphabet of Imagination! Robert joyfully leads the audience on an awesome A to Z journey! This very playful, high energy show is an amazing synthesis of movement, imagery, characters and illusion. With a different mime piece for each letter of the alphabet, Robert Rivest shares the joys of reading and our limitless imaginations. More
Both programs are a fun way to promote reading while enjoying a good belly laugh!