Literary Ideas and Scripts for Young Playwrights

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Bloomsbury Academic, Feb 23, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 176 pages

This collection presents techniques for tapping a broad range of literary sources to inspire young writers. Drawing upon poetry, folk tales, story jokes, and more, Literary Ideas walks students in grades 3-8 through the process of creating new stories and developing them as scripts for choral readings, readers theatre, and classroom plays. The process inspires creativity, problem solving, observation, and listening skills within a writing and theatrical framework. Includes the following:

Poetry for Choral Readings
Fairy Tales for Reader's Theater
Folk Tale Plays Fairy Tale
Alterations for Reader's Theater
Fairy Tale Alterations for Plays
Modern Fairy Tale Plays
Story Joke Plays
Poetry Plays
Historical Plays
Modern Cultural Myth Plays

About the author (2004)

LISA KANIUT COBB worked as a freelance technical editor and writer for twenty years, while raising her three children. After working as a volunteer, teaching art education and writing, Lisa obtained a master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Her love of the theatre and her experiences in the classroom led to the writing program in her new book, Literary Ideas and Scripts for Young Playwrights. Her students enthusiastically tackled the exercises, confirming Lisa's belief that this approach to teaching writing is hugely successful. She lives in Denver with her family. Visit her website at