Extension: Classroom Connection
Choose a short piece of literature such as a poem. Divide
your students into groups and ask each group to choose one
of the following presentations:
- Create a dramatic reading of the poem using your voices-individually
or in unison-to present the poem's meaning(s) to the class.
- Set the poem to music and prepare to sing it to the class.
- Create and perform a dance that conveys the poem to the
- Choose another mode of presentation that involves rhythm,
music, and/or dance.
Divide the class into groups. Give each group a different
short script. Ask them to prepare a Reader's Theater presentation
of their script, limiting their acting to verbal interpretation
and brief hand gestures. (See the Appendix in the Support Materials.)
Teacher as a Reflective Practitioner
Many administrators and parents undervalue integrating the
arts in the literature curriculum. Brainstorm a list of reasons
for such attitudes. Then list the arguments you might use
if called upon to justify the inclusion of activities such
as art, drama, or music in your classroom. How might you convince
such critics that these activities are not frivolous add-ons,
but rather useful tools for extending student thinking about
The following teacher-developed materials are available in
other programs in this series: