Improvisation with Favorite Tales: Integrating Drama into the Reading/Writing Classroom / Edition 1

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Overview

Ruth Beall Heinig proves what a valuable medium improvisation drama is for the student of literature. Using nineteen traditional tales as a springboard for exploration,she explains some basic drama exercises and methods of teaching and then presents hundreds of drama activities based on the tales. Many of these tales - -from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Snow White" - are already wildly popular among children, who will certainly enjoy dramatizing their favorite characters. What's more, the activities frequently extend beyond the basic story line to create opportunities for exploring the characters, plot lines, and themes. To help teachers determine the level of difficulty, the activities for each tale are grouped into the categories of pantomime and verbal modes and then are further grouped according to solo or paired and group playing. A final set of extension activities for each tale focuses on writing, art, and music. Selected bibliographical sources for the stories are provided, including variations of the original tale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435086091
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/17/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,421,971
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Beall Heinig is Professor of Communication at Western Michigan University, where she has taught a variety of courses in drama, oral communication, storytelling, and language arts. Widely recognized as a creative drama specialist, Ms. Heinig is a past president of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, has served on the Board of Directors of the American Theatre Association, and is a Trustee for the Children's Theatre Foundation. She has conducted numerous workshops for teachers on the state, regional, and national levels.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The Story of the Three Bears: An English Fairy Tale 21
Three Billy Goats Gruff 27
The Three Little Pigs 33
Little Red Riding Hood 39
The Gingerbread Boy: An American Tale 43
Hansel and Gretel 49
Cinderella 55
Jack and the Beanstalk 63
Rumpelstiltskin 69
The Frog Prince 75
King Midas and the Golden Touch: A Greek Myth 81
Snow White 87
The Sleeping Beauty 93
Beauty and the Beast: A French Tale 101
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale 107
The Jolly Tailor Who Became King: A Polish Tale 113
The Nightingale 119
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 125
The Search for Thor's Hammer: A Norse Myth 129
Bibliography 135
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