Literature is used as a ‘springboard’ for participants to explore BEYOND the actual text. David Booth’s story drama approach encourages teachers to use the issues, themes, characters, mood, conflict or spirit of the story as a beginning for dramatic exploration. He asserts that it is often helpful if you structure the drama using a situation NOT specifically in the book or text. Using situations that are REFERRED TO or IMPLIED, that might have occurred BEFORE the story began or AFTER the story ends can often allow students to take up different perspectives and explore themes in more depth.
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