Adding Drama to Make Literature Come Alive. Why? And How?. Why?. Drama fosters creative thought, which leads to critical and divergent thinking. Drama develops imagination. Research has proven that drama increases development of language skills
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Why? And How?
Research has proven that drama increases development of language skills
Drama imprints words and ideas in memory, and language is learned
to try in your literature lessons
Either in small groups, or as a whole class activity –
One student takes on the role of a character in the story, or the author, and the others ask the character questions to help understand the behavior, motive, perspective, etc.
Give time for brainstorming and planning, but not script writing.
Students should think about where they are, who they are, and what the conflict is.
They should block out the scene – beginning, middle and end, and decide who is playing which character.
Students form two lines facing each other.
Each side is designated pro or con.
One student is the character.
As the character walks down the “alley”, each student tells the character a reason why s/he should or should not take a certain action.