Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Author: Alexey W. Root
Year of Publication: 2010
Notation Type: Figurine (FAN)
Living chess games have been referenced in works from classic authors such as Lewis Carroll and Kurt Vonnegut; this theater art was also mentioned in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. With The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14, any parent, librarian, teacher, or after-school instructor can successfully stage an educational and entertaining living chess game.
The book's chess instruction enables children to perform, with understanding, as living chess pieces. The activities not only instruct students on how to research chess, but also teach a myriad of fine arts skills such as acting, composing music, choreographing movements, designing scenery, and scriptwriting, and the activities address content standards from the National Standards for Arts Education. The author has also provided a "resources and materials" section that explains the cultural reference of each activity's title and lists opportunities for parental involvement, such as tech support and attending students' performances.
About the Author:
Alexey W. Root, PhD, is senior lecturer in education at The University of Texas at Dallas. She was the 1989 U.S. Women's Chess Champion. Her published works include Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators, Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving, Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities and People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess.