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ERIC Number: ED430228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-13
Pages: 32
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Fifth Graders' Story Dramatizations during Literature Study.
Siddall, Jeffery L.
Dramatizations as a response activity during literature study provide a vehicle for students to use language, both verbal and nonverbal, in an educational context. A study focused on a group of five students who chose to use story dramatizations as one way to create their interpretations of the book, "The Slave Dancer" (Fox, 1973). The study, which explored possibilities of how these fifth-grade students, the classroom teacher, and the researcher could co-construct meaning for the novel, combined two research paradigms: action and interpretive research. Data collection was a recursive process; key sources of data were audio- and video-tapes of a small group responding to literature; field notes of classroom observations; a teacher journal and interview; photocopies, videotapes, or student work samples; and interviews of each student who participated in the literature group. The recursive research process was one of revisiting the data, narrowing it down, making interpretations, and describing it. During their reading, journaling, and discussion of the book, the students created two drama projects for "The Slave Dancer." Detailed transcripts of their interaction in the dramatizations show that the students had comprehended the novel and shared that understanding with their classmates. (Contains a list of children's literature and 19 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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