Teaching Drama in the Classroom

Teaching Drama in the Classroom

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This book includes strategies for integrating drama in the classroom through the use of creating characters, giving meaning to activities through answering the questions: who, what, when, where, and why about any person and situation under discussion (5 W's), using storyboards, incorporating music, writing radio scripts, and using literature and movies as prompts for improvised enactments. Students will learn how to create characters and apply those creations to different content-area activities, situations, and subject matter. This useful resource describes more than thirty-five scenarios of teachers and students in early elementary grades through graduate school working together to craft drama events that draw out participantsa€™ creative energies, interpretations of curricular topics, and investigations of social, political, and personal concerns. In all of these lesson plans, students collectively explore topics, concepts, themes, or tensions that surface as they navigate their way through the conditions and experiences that unfold in a scene, skit, improvisation, or in interrelated episodes. Drama techniques include role play, scripting, dialogue, audience participation, improvisation, and the strategic use of interaction, space, movement, and gesture.While a polished performance is rarely the intended goal of educational drama, make no mistake about the appeal and ... the enticement of working up an interesting and, as often happens, intriguing presentation serves as an incentive for them to ... to the assignment, which, in turn, motivates them to closely examine different features of the topic from different angles. As the manuala#39;s writers suggest, when the material interests students, the stakes are high, the outcomes clear, and theanbsp;...

Title:Teaching Drama in the Classroom
Author: Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, Sarah Kaplan
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-11-02

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