Most students have negative opinions about writing or have a hard time brainstorming. Engaging the students to write through creative drama activities, like edu-larp (educational live action role playing) is heavily under-researched, but edu-larp is an educational game that could potentially motivate students to write. This mixed method case study aimed to examine how students experience language through edu-larp and what implications there are in teaching creative writing with edu-larp and other creative drama activities. In a small Midwestern rural school district, twelve students were asked to write a historical fiction short story while performing creative drama activities and then participated in an edu-larp activity of their main character. After the activity students revised their short story. The analysis of the responses and writing examples from the students led the researcher to imply the benefits of creative drama and edu-larp for students include: a change in language/word usage, engagement in writing, character and plot development and also an improvement in communication and social skills, problem solving skills through situated learning, and writing skills. Overall, there is a need for creative drama activities and edu-larp in the classroom when the teacher has very clear and specific objectives for the activities. The case study shows how to achieve this with resources included.
Keywords: creative drama, edu-larp, creative writing, historical fiction, character development, plot development, communication and social skills, situated learning, writing skills, language development
|Commitee:||Bowen, Ash, Davidson, Conrad|
|School:||Minot State University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Pedagogy, Theater, Education|
|Keywords:||Creative drama, Creative writing, Edu-larp, Historical fiction, Situated learning, Writing skills|
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