ERIC Number: ED329998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Playmaking: Children Writing and Performing Their Own Plays.
Sklar, Daniel Judah
Intended for classroom teachers, parents, theater people, and the general public, this book is an account of teaching a fifth grade class to write, direct, and perform their own plays as staged readings, videotapes, radio plays, and full stage productions. It can be read as a story or it can be used as a step-by-step guide for teachers. Each chapter is divided into three parts: a classroom lesson; a discussion between the artist-in-residence, who conducts the lesson, and the classroom teacher; and the artist's reflections on how the lesson and discussion fit into a larger picture. Chapter titles are: (1) Theater Magic; (2) Setting the Tone; (3) Foundation; (4) Choice; (5) Using It; (6) Power; (7) Context; (8) Transformations; (9) Structure; (10) Technique; (11) Baffling Moments; (12) Focusing; (13) Action; (14) Dialogue; (15) Hearing It; (16) Protocol; (17) Being the Boss; (18) Listening; (19) Backstage; (20) Getting Ready; and (21) Doing It. Following the main text is a "brief lesson plan" which gives page references to particular exercises, and presents plans for teaching playmaking in a cycle of 20 weeks. A glossary of theater terms and a 21-item annotated bibliography are included. (MG)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Lesson Plans, Playwriting, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts
Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003 ($11.95 paperback--ISBN-0-915924-35-8; $21.95 hardback--ISBN-0-915924-34-X).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Childrens Writing; Drama in Education; New York (New York); Writing Development