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ERIC Number: ED357395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Poetic Mini-Drama: A Way for Children To Discover Dramatic Form.
Heil, Lillian H.
A study explored the use of poetry as a dramatic form with a group of 38 second-graders who chose and developed roles for performances which were videotaped and then critiqued by the class as a whole. The population for the study was two second-grade classes in a small rural school in Utah. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis led to the following conclusions: (1) 38 children is too small a group to be an adequate sample; (2) the influence of gender on poetry choices seems minimal, but the sample population is too small to substantiate this conclusion; (3) children can learn enough about dramatic form to verbally evaluate performances (4) about half of the second-graders did not understand how to evaluate; (5) children are enthused and motivated by dramatizations partly because they love seeing their own performances on videotape. Future activities should include working with a larger group to examine a pattern of choice, determine gender differences, and to give children some practice at evaluating dramatizations. (Five tables of data are included, as is a 12-step process list that instructs teachers how best to choose and familiarize children with a poem; how to help students develop roles, props, costumes, and action; and how to encourage children to critique the videotaped performance.) (SAM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah