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ERIC Number: ED085750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Pages: 16
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Creative Writing through Creative Dramatics.
Furner, Beatrice A.
In considering reasons for employing creative dramatics as part of the input and motivation for an experience in creative written expression, it is important to consider the primacy of oral language over written language, especially for children. Drama involves talk, movement, and the involvement of self in expression which is outer-directed; writing tends to involve language which is more solitary and inner-directed. But talk and the exchange of ideas serve to create a need for expression; therefore, dramatic activity can be an effective form of exploration of a topic or problem prior to the act of writing. For instructional purposes, the tasks to be accomplished in a creative writing experience are broken into a methodological sequence: children's attention focuses on a broad topic in order to generate interest, ideas are exchanged to crystallize each child's thinking, and then a writing period follows. In the writing period young children dictate their ideas to the teacher or, after mechanics are under control, write individually. In individual writing the teacher serves as a catalyst, an audience, and an aid for mechanics upon request from the children. As creative expression began with interaction through talk, it should now return to it during a sharing period. (RB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (61st, Las Vegas, November 25-27, 1971)