Rumpelstiltskin: Exploring Story Elements through Dramatic Arts is the first lesson in my Once Upon a Time Unit, designed to teach Common Core Reading and English-Language Arts* standards with an artistic bent. The lesson includes both Grimms’ story version of the tale and an original student created script based on the story. As students compare the two methods of telling a story, they learn the difference between narratives and scripts. Rumpelstiltskin is a well-known fairy tale character, and students enjoy his deals and trickery; especially they enjoy how the miller’s daughter uses trickery to cancel their deal.
My 6th grade creative drama students enjoyed learning about story elements through dramatic activities. Any teacher can integrate drama into language arts and enjoy watching students truly engaged through story play! This unit can be used in grades 3-8 adjusting for grade level by increasing depth of discussion for older students.
Packet includes all materials needed to teach the lesson:
Grimms Brothers version of Rumpelstiltskin; student created script based on the story; story map (any type will do; I’ve included one in the lesson); comprehension checks; teacher observation checklist; teacher directions. Optional : Simple character props make acting out the story such fun! Suggestions for adding these props are in the lesson.
After reading the original Grimms’ version of Rumpelstiltskin, students will explore characters through pantomime and improvisation; then create their own versions of the story through group improvisation. After comparing the narrative story with a scripted version, students learn about how scripts are formatted as they write a short playscript of the story.
This is the first of several lessons exploring story elements using drama. Others will be added as they are ready, including explorations with tableaux, pantomime, and improvisation. Thanks for checking out my lesson. I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine did!