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ERIC Number: ED416509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Classroom "Role-Playing": A Basic Blueprint for Performance.
Ratliff, Gerald Lee
Dynamic classroom role-playing for junior and senior high school classes in literature and acting is an essential ingredient in cultivating characterization and interpretation if a student is to learn the technical skills of performance. Although no simple classroom performance blueprint exists for predicting the degree of success a student performer might achieve in meaningful role-playing, the three exercises presented in this paper are designed to provide an excellent foundation to reinforce further creative exploration by individual instructors. The goal of the first exercise ("Star Search") is to familiarize students with the role that personal observation might play in character development. A second exercise ("And the Beat Goes On") can be used to promote the role of mental symbols in character development and to cultivate student performer awareness of dramatic visualization. The third exercise ("Carry Your Character with You") shows how to develop an awareness of the role that movement and physicalization might play in suggesting character. Careful analysis of the selected literature includes reading with a critical eye, isolating the mental symbols that clearly define character intention or motivation, and a classroom performance blueprint that encourages creative self-expression. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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