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Writing-Drama Connections: A Conversation

By: Courtney Cazden, James E. Lobdell
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 3
Date: Summer 1993

Summary: Lobdell interviews Cazden, who describes a strategy she employs with middle school students: having them focus on an issue through improvised drama before writing about it.

 

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If one uses drama in the writing program, what the students will learn about drama will be far greater than what they need just for the writing component. ...

Getting into the character—whether it's a fictional character in a play or in a short story that students write, or a real character in a real-life situation or a historical situation—involves getting inside that character's thoughts and feelings. To do that, students have to identify with the characters, find the connections between the characters and themselves.

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