Story Dramas for Grades 4-6: A New Literature Experience for Children
Here's an innovative approach for exploring children's literature -- poetry, fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and nonfiction! In a story drama, students become the characters in the stories and poems they hear and read. Literature and content area texts spring to life as students participate in dramatizing it. An exciting feature of this book is the addition of web site addresses so that students can explore topics in more depth and go on virtual field trips.
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The Connection Between Drama and Reading Instruction
Actual Dramas Categorized by Genre
The Moon Was at a Fiesta
When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing
Officer Buckle and Gloria
An Ellis Island Christmas
Everglades 9 6
Pony Express 1 0 3
Bound for Legend 1 1 0
One Yellow Daffodil
ACTIVITIES Ask students animals Appelemando Appelemando's dreams Ask volunteers beanstalk birds content area create discuss Draw a picture Eratosthenes evaluate explore feel fiesta FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES Ask FOLLOW.UPACTIVITIES Ask students Frog GENRE happened heard Hiawatha introduce their partner Jack King Arthur Kwanzaa literary elements Little Brown Wren little Hiawatha lived look Magic School Bus Mama moon mother NARRATOR questioning students Nokomis Officer Buckle paragraph person playacting playing the role poem poetry pony express problem Put students Questioning students playing Read aloud pages Read or listen responses role-playing Ruby Bridges shapeshifter Share ideas Shonto Begay showing students sing small groups solve song Spedden stars STORY DRAMA storytelling students in small students meet students the illustrations TEACHER AS BLACK TEACHER AS NARRATOR tell things trip Underground Railroad village Virginia Hamilton volunteers to introduce warm-up activities