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Writing into Drama


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Writing into Drama

  1. 1. Writing into Drama<br />Andy Schoenborn– Mt. Pleasant High School<br /><br />
  2. 2. Contentions<br />Writing to learn asks students to use higher order thinking skills, such as interpretation, analysis, and synthesis.<br />Scaffolding student writing provides a framework for developing ideas toward an end product.<br />Students who write to a specific audience through the point of view of a literary character retain deeper levels of understanding through the act of writing and role-playing.<br />Use of imagery, music, lyrics as poetry, and writing to respond and reflect intrinsically motivates students to achieve deeper learning and understanding.<br />
  3. 3. Supporting Research<br />“One reason for using writing to think is precisely to bring the unconscious more to the surface, where we can ‘see what we have to say.’” – The English Teacher’s Companion (1999, 140)<br />“To improve the teaching of writing, particularly in the context of academic tasks, is also to improve the quality of thinking required of school children.” – How Writing Shapes Thinking (1987, 3)<br />“Teachers [sic] can encourage imagination through various applications of role playing: for developing an argument from diverse perspectives, for inventing a character and improvising action in various situations, for assuming the point of view of a literary character, and so on.” – Because Writing Matters (2006, 54)<br />“In assignments, [intellectual work] means asking the student to construct knowledge through analysis, synthesis, and interpretation.” – Because Writing Matters (2006, 49)<br />
  4. 4. Please consider the following:<br />How were you taught drama in your high school English courses?<br />Describe how your students respond when you announce that they will be reading a play during a unit.<br />To what extent are your students able to make connections to the characters in a dramatic piece? <br />
  5. 5. Drama is meant to be experienced…<br />… in order for connections to be made.<br />
  6. 6. Advice from Polonius<br />And these few precepts in thy memory<br />See thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,<br />Nor any unproportion’d thought his act. 64<br />Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.<br />The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,<br />Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;<br />But do not dull thy palm with entertainment 68<br />Of each new-hatch’d, unfledg’d comrade. Beware<br />Of entrance to a quarrel; but being in, <br />Bear’tthat opposed may beware of thee.<br />Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; 72<br />Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.<br />Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,<br />But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;<br />For the apparel oft proclaims the man, 76<br />And they in France of the best rank and station <br />Are most select and generous in that.<br />Neither a borrower nor a lender be;<br />For loan oft loses both itself and friend, 80<br />And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.<br />This above all: to thine own self be true.<br />
  7. 7. Wish You Were HerePink Floyd - 1975<br />So, so you think you can tell <br />Heaven from Hell, <br />Blue skies from pain. <br />Can you tell a green field <br />From a cold steel rail? <br />A smile from a veil? <br />Do you think you can tell? <br />And did they get you to trade <br />Your heroes for ghosts? <br />Hot ashes for trees? <br />Hot air for a cool breeze? <br />Cold comfort for change? <br />And did you exchange <br />A walk on part in the war <br />For a lead role in a cage?<br />How I wish, how I wish you were here. <br />We're just two lost souls <br />Swimming in a fish bowl, <br />Year after year, <br />Running over the same old ground. <br />What have we found? <br />The same old fears. <br />Wish you were here.<br />
  8. 8. AlivePearl Jam - 1991<br />Son, she said, have I got a little story for you<br />What you thought was your daddy was nothin' but a...<br />While you were sittin' home alone at age thirteen<br />Your real daddy was dyin', sorry you didn't see him, <br />but I'm glad we talked...<br />Oh I, oh, I'm still alive<br />Hey, I, oh, I'm still alive<br />Hey I, oh, I'm still alive<br />Oh, she walks slowly, across a young man's room<br />She said I'm ready...for you<br />I can't remember anything to this very day<br />'Cept the look, the look...<br />Oh, you know where, now I can't see, I just stare... <br />I, I'm still alive<br />Hey I, but, I'm still alive<br />Hey I, oh, I'm still alive<br />Hey I, I, I, I'm still alive, yeah<br />Is something wrong, she said<br />Well of course there is<br />You're still alive, she said<br />Oh, and do I deserve to be<br />Is that the question<br />And if so...if so...who answers...who answers...<br />I, oh, I'm still alive<br />Hey I, oh, I'm still alive<br />Hey I, oh, I'm still alive<br />Yeah I, oh, I'm still alive<br />
  9. 9. Horatio to Hamlet<br />Overview:<br />Hamlet has been acting strangely since the death of his father and some of the<br />characters are beginning to take notice. There is a rumor going around the castle<br />that Hamlet is considering avenging his father’s death by killing his uncle, King<br />Claudius. Some people are disgusted by what the rumors seem to say and others<br />understand his grief in light of the circumstances.<br /> <br />Directions:<br />Select a character and write a letter to Hamlet through their point of view that<br />Either persuades him to avenge his father’s death or persuades him to stop his plan of<br />action. You will try to convince (or persuade) him through evidence and support.<br /> <br />Character Selection<br /> Gertrude Ophelia Polonius Horatio <br />Laertes Marcellus RosencrantzGuildenstern<br />
  10. 10. Consider the possibilities…<br />How might writing to learn help our students relate to: <br />Romeo and Juliet <br />The Crucible<br />A Raisin in the Sun<br />
  11. 11. Romeo and Juliet <br />Act II, Scene 2<br />Romeo He jests at scars that never felt a wound.<br />[Juliet appears above at her window.]<br /> But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?<br /> It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.<br /> Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,<br /> Who is already sick and pale with grief<br /> That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.<br />Juliet Ay me!<br />Romeo She speaks!<br /> O, speak again, bright angel! For thou art<br /> As glorious to this night, being o’er my head,<br />Juliet O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?<br /> Deny thy father and refuse thy name;<br /> Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,<br /> And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.<br />Audio breathes life into characters…<br />while writing and music form connections.<br />
  12. 12. Love StoryTaylor Swift - 2008<br />We were both young, when I first saw you.<br />I close my eyes and the flashback starts-<br />I'm standing there, on a balcony in summer air.<br />I see the lights; see the party, the ball gowns.<br />I see you make your way through the crowd-<br />You say hello, little did I know...<br />That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles-<br />And my daddy said "stay away from Juliet"-<br />And I was crying on the staircase-<br />begging you please don't go...<br />And I said...<br />Romeo take me somewhere, we can be alone.<br />I'll be waiting; all there's left to do is run.<br />You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess,<br />It's a love story, baby, just say yes.<br />So I sneak out to the garden to see you.<br />We keep quiet, because we're dead if they knew-<br />So close your eyes... <br />escape this town for a little while.<br />Oh, Oh.<br />Cause you were Romeo - I was a scarlet letter,<br />And my daddy said "stay away from Juliet" –<br />but you were everything to me-<br />I was begging you, please don't go-<br />And I said...<br />Romeo take me somewhere, we can be alone.<br />I'll be waiting; all there's left to do is run.<br />You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess.<br />It's a love story, baby, just say yes-<br />Romeo save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel.<br />This love is difficult, but it's real.<br />Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess.<br />It's a love story, baby, just say yes.<br />Oh, Oh.<br />I got tired of waiting.<br />Wondering if you were ever coming around.<br />My faith in you was fading-<br />When I met you on the outskirts of town.<br />And I said...<br />Romeo save me, I've been feeling so alone.<br />I keep waiting, for you but you never come.<br />Is this in my head, I don't know what to think-<br />He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said<br />Marry me Juliet, you'll never have to be alone.<br />I love you, and that's all I really know.<br />I talked to your dad -- go pick out a white dress<br />It's a love story, baby just say... yes.<br />Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh.<br />We were both young when I first saw you. <br />
  13. 13. Pray Your GodsToad the Wet Sprocket - 1991<br />I will give the secrets you request<br />and you will be the one to sacrifice.<br />So lay your olive arms upon my breast<br />and sing the poems; free the butterflies<br />Pray your gods who ask you for your blood.<br />For they are strong and angry jealous ones<br />or lay upon my altar now your love.<br />I fear my time is short,<br />there are armies moving close;<br />be quick, my love.<br />I feel my body weakened by the years<br />as people turn to gods of cruel design.<br />Is it that they fear the pain of death<br />or could it be they fear the joy of life?<br />Pray your gods who hold you by your fear.<br />For they are quick and ruthless punishers<br />or lay upon my altar now your love.<br />I fear my day is done,<br />there are armies moving on;<br />be quick, my love.<br />
  14. 14. We’re Gonna Make ItLittle Milton - 1965<br />We may not have a cent to pay the rent<br />But were gonna make it, I know we will<br />We may have to eat beans every day<br />But were gonna make it, I know we will<br />And if a job is hard to find<br />And we have to stand in the welfare line<br />I've got your love and you know you got mine<br />So were gonna make it, I know we will<br />We may not have a home to call our own<br />But were gonna make it, I know we will<br />We may have to fight hardships alone<br />But were gonna make it, I know we will<br />Cause togetherness brings peace of mind<br />We can't stay down all the time<br />I've got your love and you know you got mine<br />So were gonna make it, I know we will<br />Our car may be old, our two rooms cold<br />But were gonna make it, I know we will<br />We may not can spare a roach a crumb<br />But were gonna make it, I know we will<br />And if I have to carry round a sign<br />Sayin Help the deaf, the dumb, and the blind<br />I got your love and you know you got mine<br />So were gonna make it, I know we will<br />Were gonna make it<br />Were gonna make it, baby<br />It might seem hard sometime<br />But don't worry, darlin baby<br />Were gonna keep on tryin<br />
  15. 15. Questions, Comments, or Concerns<br />“Writing is not simply a way for students to demonstrate what they know. It is to help them understand what they know. At its best, writing is learning.”<br />- National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges<br />
  16. 16. Burke, Jim. The English Teacher's Companion. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1999. Print. <br />Esquith, Rafe. Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire. New York: Penguin Group, 2007. Print. <br />Gallagher, Kelly. Teaching Adolescent Writers. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2006. Print. <br />Kittle, Penny. Write Beside Them. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2008. Print. <br />Nagin, Carl. Because Writing Matters. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006. Print. <br />Bibliography/Related Reading<br />
  17. 17. I see the value, but is it legal?<br />