Teaching prose, drama, and poetry is quick and easy. Kids have seen these forms of literature before. They just need a little vocabulary, structure, and practice.
Enjoy Teaching Prose, Drama, and Poetry
The key to teaching prose, drama, and poetry is keeping it simple and straightforward. Explain that prose is everyday writing with sentences and paragraphs. Ahh, that’s easy! Drama is a play. Okay. And poetry – – – well, it’s poems! Kids already know about this stuff.
Remembering the word “prose” was difficult for my students. I had to remind myself to refer to narrative writing as prose. That way, the vocabulary sunk in.
I taught the structural elements with a PowerPoint presentation. We discussed everything, no matter how simple.
Start with the form of literature that’s easiest for kids: prose. They’ll understand sentences and paragraphs with no problem. Launch into dialogue deeper. Explain direct quotations and dialogue tags. This will expand their understanding and strengthen their writing.
You’ll need a model text for drama. Try Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook. This book, published in 1911, is now in the public domain and can be printed freely. It features well-known nursery rhymes.
Point out each text feature – – – or even better, let kids mark up the text.
When teaching poetry, I continued with the nursery rhyme theme. We counted verses and stanzas, clapped out the rhythm, and pinpointed the rhyming pattern.
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My fourth graders also practice with adaptations of Florence Holbrook’s Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades. Her work already included drama and poetry. I added a little narrative to each. My students identified the form of literature and explained in a blank area to the right. These are available in my Teachers pay Teachers store as a practice pack or part of a larger unit with lesson plans, PowerPoint presentation, and more practice.
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Enjoy teaching prose, poetry, and drama!