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The Complete Storymaker: Improving student storytelling and writing through work with creative drama by Patricia Hruby Powell

Keywords: elementary education, language arts, creative drama, social studies, cultural awareness

ABSTRACT

Dramatizing a well-known folktale provides a springboard to physically model verbs, build story action and character, develop vocabulary and overall, improve student storytelling and writing. Teachers will learn a step-by-step method to guide their students through the collective telling and dramatizing of a story and how to apply their gained knowledge to writing. This work inspires students to love words.

The ability to speak and write compellingly with powerful verbs and visual details is essential to studentsí success. Movement and drama provide the means to explore and build vocabulary, find story structure, and choose pithy details; provides a healthy energy outlet (particularly for at-risk students); and builds self-confidence with the resulting success.

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