Choral work builds on what was accomplished and learned in tableau, moving from using our bodies in different ways to incorporate our voices. This technique teaches kids that they can use their voice to accomplish different goals (i.e. using a low voice to make a script sound dark, or a high pitched voice to make it sound delightful).
From choral work, students will benefit from the creativity of their peers by working together and incorporating ideas to make the text as interesting and representative of meaning as possible. Through choral work, students learn to establish the time and place (setting) and the focus and emphasis (theme) of a scene, and they can learn to create tension, as is emphasized in The Art Curriculum elements of drama.
This task is not only great for developing the drama skills of conveying meaning, but it is also a great way to incorporate language. This is a rich shared reading technique, and can help students who struggle with reading in various ways, from word recognition, to reading with expression. Reading aloud with peers gives children the chance to learn from each other and help each other grow.
Age differentiation: For younger children, this would work well to practice reading a story that would be enriched with different elements of choral work, as children speak in unison. For older students, this could be used in a more complex way, having students speak the same lines, or different lines at the same time, to create elements of chaos, or excitement in a scene.