ERIC Number: ED372435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Creative Dramatic Play and Story Reenactments in a Primary Grade Classroom.
Schierholt, Carla G.
A classroom research project in Alaska explored what role dramatic play and story reenactments have as a teaching/learning method for young childrens' development. A review of the literature identified several common elements that helped teachers elicit successful dramatic story reenactments: choosing a familiar book or story; encouraging adaptations of stories to fit the needs of the group; directing as little as possible; and avoiding getting caught up in the final product. The students and the teacher began by reenacting familiar fairy tales and folktales. The 12 students in the class formed two groups to work on reenacting "The Three Little Pigs." The students enjoyed the reenactments and wanted to reenact their stories again after seeing the other group's reenactment. The students then moved on to reenacting unfamiliar fairy tales. The addition of a puppet stage with a variety of puppets was successful, and showed how language, cooperation, story comprehension, oral expression, and imagination are all developed in this creative play. The teacher was surprised and excited at the transformation the students made into various kinds of characters by just putting on a different shirt, hat, or skirt. The dress-up area soon became one of the most popular places in the classroom. Students developed higher-level thinking skills as they made decisions about characters, plot, and setting in reenacting their characters. They developed social skills as they listened to others' ideas and learned to compromise in the choices they made as a group. (Contains 14 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alaska; Student Led Activities
Note: Course Project, School of Education, University of Alaska Southeast.