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ERIC Number: ED421870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Rising Stars: Integrating Language Skills through Shadow Plays.
Bobrick, Mitchell
A classroom technique for helping elementary and secondary school students of English as a second language (ESL) integrate language skills into the language arts curriculum is described. The activity, shadow play, is used as a culminating experience in a unit on the solar system, and consists of the development of dramatic scripts based on folk tales that try to explain a natural phenomenon of a society concerning the sun, moon, or constellations. To accomplish this goal, students engage in a cooperative learning technique known as "jigsawing." The procedure involves deciding on the number of tales to be told and forming a group ("home team") for each story. Students use graphic organizers (story map or event flowchart) in planning a script, and present the final play in class. Both teacher- and self-assessment of the final projects are used. Suggestions are made for creating an in-class theater, and books containing folk tales are listed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A