2 in 1: Dramatic play and creative learning method

Teachers! Creative learning method for students!

Dramatic play – MILLET
African people have always had festivals at the time of harvest. In Africa the festival is of a religious nature and has lots of dancing and music. Dancers wear costumes and each dance tells a story. The stories range from a good ghost who looks after their crops and scares away the bad ghosts who try to spoil the food. It is important to celebrate the harvest. The students from Zanlerigu Junior High School performed a dramatic play about millet.

Creative learning method: „A video storyteller“

This is a creative learning method using African students’ dramatic play about millet.

Instructions:

  • Watch the video about the performance of Zanlerigu Junior High School students once
  • Using your fantasy, imagination and the words given below, think up a story for that video.
  • Write it down.
  • Teacher/classmates choose 1-3 most interesting and unconventional stories for telling others.
  • Tell your story while watching the video once again.

Tips for a successful storyteller:

  • Pay attention to the time and movements!
  • The story must be interesting and complete (with proper introduction and ending aswell) and fit in to that video.
  • Try to be as much as creative as you can!
  • Speak clearly without rushing.
  • Balance your voice tone!
  • Remember that the dance needs a specific story too!
  • Answer the questions: What they are talking about? What’s the situation? Why are they singing, dancing? What’s the point of this story/performance?

10 keywords you should use in your story:

  • millet,
  • gods,
  • advice,
  • celebration,
  • family,
  • food,
  • dance,
  • harvest,
  • national,

You can start like this:

Once upon a time in October 2014 there lived a family in Zanlerigu. One day Father …

Wish you a lot of fantasy and useful minutes with this video!

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