Using Drama to Improve Reading Comprehension 

Compare and Contrast

(4-6)

 

 

EALR Connections:

Art:   The student demonstrates thinking skills using artistic processes.

The student communicates through The Arts.

Reading: The student understands the meaning of what is read.

Writing: The student writes in a variety of forms for different audiences and purposes.

                             Objectives:          

Through drama, students will be able to compare and contrast elements in stories.  

Materials:          

At least two versions of the same myth, story, fairy tale, etc.  Since students will be in small groups, two or three different stories can be used though there must be at least two versions of each story.  

Classroom props such as scarves, instruments, etc.

Procedure:

  Break up the class into small groups of 4-6.  Give each group a different version of the same myth, story, etc. Try to limit it to no more than three different versions though two is best for younger students.  Give groups time to read then plan and rehearse their interpretation of the selection given.

  Have each group act out their version of the story, using any props available in the classroom.  Give students a limited amount of time.  This should take no more than two class periods. 

  After both groups have performed, and as a class, do a large class Venn diagram comparing the different versions, noting such things as characters, setting, action, etc.

  Students can then write about the comparisons and contrasts using the information from the Venn diagram and adding any of their own. 

  Notes: 

You donít have to use myths, etc. if you can find similar stories, character studies, or author studies, which is more of a challenge for higher level readers.

Using the visual aspect Venn diagram as a means of helping students organize is another way of bringing the arts into the curriculum.  This graphic organizer is also very helpful for English Language Learners and reinforces any vocabulary related to the task.

 

 

 

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  drama will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.