ERIC Number: ED335711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Poetic Mini-Dramas: Using Drama To Facilitate Creative Thinking and Understanding of Poetry.
Heil, Lillian H.
This paper is a how-to manual for doing poetic mini-dramas (PMD) with elementary school students. It describes the possibilities for discovery learning through the dramatization of poetry, lists initial suggestions for the teacher and the actual steps in the process, and reports the attitudes and vocabulary growth of second and third graders after being involved in PMD. The paper includes some suggestions for the teacher such as: beginning with short poems that involve a lot of action and an unlimited number of people; keeping the production simple in terms of props and blocking so that the children can concentrate on acting; and videotaping performances so that the children can see the importance of an actor's gestures, facial expressions, and movements. The paper demonstrates that children, without training, recognize when a dramatization is good because they are caught up in the performance. The paper describes children's ratings showing that they are able to recognize superior performances, and that they can even pinpoint specific weaknesses and strengths. Reasons for ratings that are listed in the paper include: characterization, relationship to other characters, relationship to the audience, camera framing, sound, props, and content. Six tables of data are included; an appendix with a PMD record form and six poems for dramatization are attached. (PRA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Drama in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).