|Grade span:||6 to 8|
Description:This lesson is one example of how you can implement a literature dramatization. It gives students a chance to work collaboratively in small groups to depict a scene or an event from a story. It can be adapted to any book students are reading, and provides a quick, spontaneous activity that helps students engage in what they are reading.
- Apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, and appreciate texts
- Use dramatization to communicate stories and events
- Work collaboratively in small groups
- Present a snapshot of a story or event
No special materials or preparation are required. This activity can be conducted using any book or story students have read/are reading. It can also be conducted using social studies content, such as a historical event students are studying.
What to Do:
- Divide students into small groups
- Ask them to pose to create a picture of a specific event from their text
- Ask each group member to take part in the picture and say, Ready, action, FREEZE!
- Ask the observing students to report and interpret what they see. If those who created the picture have details to add, they can fill them in.
- Go around the room until all groups have had a chance to present their frozen picture
Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):
- Student engagement and participation
- Small group collaboration, with all members of the group participating equally
- Presentations, comments, and questions that reflect an understanding of stories, events, key themes, and characters