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Acting/Role Play


Physically acting out a text enhances reading comprehension. As learners make decisions about what to include as part of a dramatization, they must comprehend, recall, and carefully reflect on how to represent the characters and events from the text.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch as these groups of students create tableaus for various fairy tales. The steps of reading, planning, and acting can help shift the story and meaning from Short-term Memory to Long-term Memory. The audience can also participate by guessing which fairy tale is being acted out.

  • Acting and role play can be combined with reading comprehension using a drama technique called tableau. After reading a text, students work together, practicing Social Awareness & Relationship Skills, to choose the main events from the reading. Using simple props, body position, and facial expressions, students create and act out frozen scenes to represent each major event.
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    Learn how Mindshow, a virtual reality program, provides a way to create and share animated movies. The program supplies various characters, backgrounds, and props to choose from before players use their own physical movements and facial expressions to animate the scene.

  • Developers can create ways, such as short films, narrated still images, and audio, for students to share dramatic pieces they create based on texts they have read. When students develop scripts for such projects, they also practice Syntax and incorporate new Vocabulary.
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