ERIC Number: ED220841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Converting Narrative into Drama: Using the Composing Process to Integrate the Language Arts.
Blake, Robert W.
Having students adapt a play from a strongly dramatic short story through the composing process is a natural and powerful way to integrate the language arts. Using dramatic activities in the classroom naturally leads to two kinds of language activities: receptive (listening and observing), and active (discussing, reading, writing, and presenting). The short story "Thus I Refute Beelzy" by John Collier is most suitable for conversion into a one-act play. Before rewriting the story, students need to think about the several levels of meaning in the story and to be aware of elements of fantasy and the conflict between science (rationality) and intuition (irrationality). After reading the story, students can answer carefully structured questions in guided or small group discussions. Small groups then discuss proposed changes in the story, outline the new sequence of events, select students to take the parts of the characters, and role play the new scenes. The students are then ready to convert the narrative into drama. To help the students get started, the teacher might ask them to pay attention to considerations such as setting, changing description to dialogue, or turning various scenes into one setting. Once the students have finished their plays, they may present their finished products to an audience of other students. Having adapted a short story to a play, they will be ready and able to create their own dramatic or narrative works. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Collier (John); Thus I Refute Beelzy