ELA 20 – Dramatic Reading

CC20.3 – Speak to present ideas and information appropriately in formal (dramatic reading) and informal situations.

A dramatic reading is a public reading or recitation of a work of literature (as a poem, story, or play) with an interpretative or dramatic use of the voice and often of gestures. A well done dramatic reading brings the text to life and attempts to convey what the author intended to convey when the text was written. A dramatic reading should be delivered with expression and vigour, using vocal interpretation and appropriate gestures, to make the meaning, feeling, or mood clear.

For this assignment you should form groups of 2-4. Duties within the group should be distributed equally. How you choose to deliver the dramatic reading is up to you: you could have people playing the characters within the story and speaking their own dialogue, or you could share narration duties while having members pantomime the action of the story.

Your group must introduce the text by telling its title, the author, when it was written, as well as something about the life and times of the author. Your group should also make a brief statement of the theme and why the text was chosen.

You must choose one of the stories we have studied this term. Only two groups can do each story; this is handled on a first come, first serve basis. The stories include:

  • They’re Made Out of Meat – Terry Bisson
  • Popular Mechanics – Raymond Carver
  • Shaving – Leslie Morris
  • Penny in the Dust – Ernest Buckler
  • Hills Like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Cop and the Anthem – O. Henry

You can and should have your script/story, but you should also know your lines well enough that you can speak them fluidly and with enthusiasm, occasionally making eye-contact with your audience.

Each member of the group should be reading approximately half of a page. If you pick a longer story, you can decide whether you want to read a portion of it that is most significant, or whether you want to read the entire story, but cut out certain incidents to shorten its length/duration.

We will be building a rubric by which you are graded on Monday. Cheerio.

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