Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1994

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Joe Schomer

Second Committee Member

Osman Alawiye

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this project was to develop a means of integrating drama into the basal reading program. This was accomplished by adapting Silver-Burdett & Ginn and Scott Foresman basal stories into plays at the second grade level. The benefits of engaging children in drama were studied. The literature suggests that drama is a fun and effective instructional tool: it effectively develops reading comprehension and language skills in young readers; drama has proven to be an excellent teaching strategy when used to motivate and interest reluctant readers. Drama can be an excellent supplement to traditional basal reading instruction by adding variety and a new reading format.