Literary Ideas for Young Playwrights by Lisa Kaniut Cobb


Literary Ideas for Young Playwrights by Lisa Kaniut Cobb

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


?An excellent resource for a teacher who wants to expose students to a variety of literary genres while at the same time immersing them in creative writing. ...At the root of Cobb's method, of course, is a notion that is at the heart of good teaching at all levels. Skilled teachers build on the familiar, introduce new but related concepts, and then allows students the freedom to experiment with what they have learned. In this regard, we can all learn from Lisa Kaniut Cobb.?-The Quarterly of the National Writing Project

About the Author

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

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192 pages


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Publication date

23rd February 2004



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