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ERIC Number: ED393115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Writing through Mime: Using Silent Drama To Enhance Story Writing.
Risemberg, Rafael
Children can create pantomimes that will motivate and enhance their story writing. The "Writing through Mime" program has been introduced to some 4500 children, grades kindergarten through 5, in 29 New York City elementary schools, under the auspices of the Learning through an Expanded Arts Program. A step-by-step blueprint was developed for teachers to implement a mime and writing program in their classrooms. Step 1 of the program, the introduction, defines mime for the students. In step 2, pantomiming the stories, the teacher offers a story topic and the students perform their pantomime; in steps 3 and 4, the students write, then share, their stories. Some of their writing samples generated from mime sessions illustrate specifically how mime benefits writing. The first of two supplemental activities suggested is an exercise to heighten emotional expression in which the teacher assigns single emotive words for the students to act out. The second activity, to be undertaken after the students have mastered solo acting, is to do scenes in pairs or small groups. (Contains 10 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York City Board of Education; Story Writing; Writing Development