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ERIC Number: ED217421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Imagination: The Connection between Writing and Play.
Mills, Beth Solow
Educational psychologists and researchers attest to the importance of play in learning, but studies indicate that children are playing less, and often less effectively, justifying the need for play within the school curriculum. The area of language arts is a natural place for imaginative play. One elementary school project incorporated playing, acting out roles, with a good deal of talking and writing. To begin the project, the fifth and sixth grade students built an actual replica of an 1880 town and its geographical surroundings. Each child then invented and described in writing one or more town residents whose roles they would play for the rest of the project. To encourage these characters and their relationships, a post office and mailcarrier were devised and students wrote a letter from their character to any other character in the room. As the plots grew more complex, a newspaper was established. Eventually, the headlines read that the town's mayor had been kidnapped, and later ransomed, and letters to the editor poured in when a railroad threatened to overtake the town. Town meetings on these subjects also flourished. By the second half of the project, there were times when the line between reality and fantasy nearly disappeared. While this project was not exactly "free" play, the goals of writing, speaking and use of the imagination were accomplished with great success. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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