ERIC Number: ED393134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
A Class Study of Informal Drama in the Fourth Grade. Instructional Resource No. 16.
Kieffer, Carol Carr
A classroom study examined a variety of informal drama activities incorporated into a language arts program. During the year, the fourth-grade students engaged in six different drama events as responses to a variety of class read-alouds. Each drama event (pantomime, tableau, town or class meeting, talk show, buddy conversation, and storytelling) provides descriptions of the activities in which students participated as well as some of their responses and class concerns. Data included observation, videotaping, individual interviews, and reflective sharing and writing. Results indicated that informal drama: (1) provided language arts connections of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and higher-order thinking; (2) promoted cooperation, confidence, creativity, and imagination; (3) enhanced self-esteem of students during the school year; and, in the process, (4) provided everyone with a fun way of learning. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Reading Research Center, Athens, GA.; National Reading Research Center, College Park, MD.