Literacy through Dramatization

Martha Hartzell

Classroom Mentor

As a mentor, I encourage teachers to learn the skills of taking dictation and directing dramatization in classrooms of young children (ages 2-8). My mentoring program is based on Patsy Cooper's and Vivian Paley's pioneer work in play-based storytelling. Through mentoring, teachers will expand their understanding of balanced literacy and help their students to better articulate their thoughts, attend to the conventions of narrative structure and print, and express themselves through drama.

Components of my program include:

  • Weekly visits to the classroom
  • Guiding storytelling and acting
  • Observe and confer with teachers
  • Monthly seminars with teachers
  • Presentations to school community
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