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ERIC Number: ED503365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Literary Texts-in-Motion: Classroom Approaches to Performance
Ratliff, Gerald Lee
Online Submission, Presented at the Eastern Communication Association National Conference (April 2008) and published in the Teaching English in the Two-Year College Journal (Sum 2008)
Classroom exercises and role-playing activities that culminate in performance are invaluable instructional tools that stimulate active student responses to the aesthetic, emotional or intellectual content of literary texts and, ultimately, enrich a student's learning experience. The basic principles of classroom performance are to provide a creative stimulus for students who may be unaccustomed to using imagination to interpret literary works and to promote an understanding that to see and hear literature performed is as relevant to thoughtful educational development as it is to read literature aloud. The exercises and role-playing activities suggested for creative exploration are designed to promote imaginative interpretation or visualization of literary characters and to translate obscure words on a printed page to here-and-now theatrical actions, images and sounds in a lively classroom performance. There are also a number of inventive staging strategies designed to transport a literary text from the printed page to the classroom stage.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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