Dramatics for The Jungle Book
classroom to jungle with The
Create Your Own Jungle: Push back the
desks and draw a magic circle on the floor. You may do this by
putting objects from the classroom in a circle on the floor.
Leave room for action inside the circle.
Now discuss thing that you might find in the
jungle: tigers, wolves, bugs, birds, rocks, logs, flowers,
snakes etc. Have each student choose a "jungle thing
in their minds. Have them keep it a secret! Now have two
or three students step inside the circle and become their "jungle
thing. Others may enter the circle one by one to
encounter these objects. Have them guess what things they have
met. Now switch roles: The "jungle things now
are just people and the people are the "jungle
things. How do they react to one another? If one
encounters a flower he might sniff it; another might encounter a
snake and jump over it. You can also do this activity
without the guessing game. Have students enter the
"jungle and simply enjoy it.
This is the Law of the Jungle..."
Old and As True As the Sky!" -- Rudyard Kipling
Raised by Wolves: What do you think it
was like for Mowgli to have brother and sister who are wolves?
What if you were raised as an animal in the wild? Consider if
your family was made up of porcupines, lions, elephants or
squirrels. What would you wear? What would you eat?
What sound would you make when you are hungry or frightened?
Have children perform the animal they might have been raised by and
have the others guess what it is. Tell the class what your
childhood was like living in the jungle.
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with the Sleeping Beauty
VERSIONS: Read both versions of the story and discuss which elements
are similar and which are different. The castle, fairies, prince,
spinning wheel and the kiss are in both stories. These stories were
written many years ago. Why do you think these are the parts of
the stories that we remember the most?
The Brothers Grimm did not think that they were creating fairy tales.
They were more interested in collecting stories that ordinary people
told each other. Perrault used folk tales and added to them to create
his own story. Discuss how the reasons for both directions. Consider
the stories of another famous fairy tale writer, Hans Christian
Andersen. Is he more like the Grimms or Perrault?
Read the section on the history of fairies in this Teachers
guide. How do fairies differ from living humans? Are they real or
imaginary? Why do you think these beings play such a strong role in
so many fairy tales? Do you like to pretend that you have a fairy as
a friend. Describe your personal fairy and tell the class what
magical powers your fairy has and why. Write a short story about how
your fairy helped you in a trouble that you have at home, on the
playground or at school.
Now that you have considered fairies, what do you think makes up a
fairy tale? What must the fairy do in order to make the story end
happily? If you were a fairy what things would you do to make things
end happily in real life?
WRITING: Have the class write a fairy tale together. Remember to
include the Princess, the Prince, the good fairies and the bad
fairies. To help them create the story, provide them with settings
such as the forest, a mountain, a castle, an island in the sea. Set
it in the past or consider setting their story in the future which
might include cities and outer space. Roll out paper on the floor and
have them draw and paint different scenes from their own story.
WHEELS: Read the section in this Teachers guide about spinning
wheels. What do spinning wheels do and how do they work? How might a
person prick their finger on such a device? Why did they use spinning
wheels in the past but not today?
LIFE IN THE
MIDDLE AGES: Talk about how the spinning wheel was one of the chores
of a medieval family. Read the section in this Teachers Guide
about Life in a Medieval Village. What other chores might they do
that we do not do today? Would you like to live in those times or do
you think it is better to live today? What might be better? What
might be worse.
Listen to a recording of The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr
Tchaikovsky. Much of the music in the play is taken from this ballet.
Listen to various movements and discuss how the tempo and composition
enhances the story. Can you pick out which parts are identified with
Morgana and which parts are identified with the fairies?