Sunday, May 24, 2015

End of Year: Interactive Drama

It's the end of the year and we are all likely feeling teacher burnout. We still have a couple of weeks before we can stack the chairs on the tables, cover up the bulletin boards, and turn in our keys.  Our students are starting to get summer fever and we are trying ANYTHING to keep our students engaged, happy, and out of mischief. This year I introduced Close Reading through Interactive Drama.  Students absolutely loved this strategy!   They begged to do it over and over again.  The best part is, this strategy is fun but also meaningful.   

Students used these graphic organizers to help them act out the play.

In three simple lessons, our class close read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and acted out the story.  Through text dependent questioning,writing in response to text, and acting, students demonstrated their increasing depth of knowledge of language arts standards.          -Tatum
You can find the complete unit on Teacher Pay Teachers.  The packet comes with all necessary lesson plans, text dependent questions, graphic organizers and simple costumes templates. 

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