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Stirring Up Drama in the Secondary Classroom

The benefits of teaching drama really are endless. Drama can teach students promotes creative thinking, cooperation, and communication. Most of all, teaching drama can help prepare students for real life by rehearsing and working through real-life scenarios.
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Stirring Up Drama in the Secondary Classroom
  • plays.about.com
    plays.about.com

    Theatre and Improv Games to use in and out of school

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    Megan McClure says:
    "Drama Activities for the Classroom and Beyond" lists a number of fun icebreakers and improv games for individuals and groups, alike. An added bonus is the Classroom Improvisation Guidelines link at the beginning of the article to help you effectively lead your troupe.
  • learning.blogs.nytimes.com
    learning.blogs.nytimes.com

    Scenes in Tableau: Drama Strategies to Use With Any Day's Times

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    Megan McClure says:
    I have used tableau, a frozen picture or scene made by a group of people when teaching Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and August Wilson's Fences, but the activity can work with any text. Working in small groups, students have an opportunity to examine a text more closely and gain a deeper understanding as a result. Tableau is a fun activity to get students moving and collaborating as they figure out how to convey an important seen in a text using their bodies and their facial expressions.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Actors use a number of techniques to warm-up their voices. This video focuses on a few of those strategies and is a great resource for English Language Learners.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Drama teacher, Stephen Wei, views his improv activities as a way to explore, "the intrinsic human truth that we bring into every drama." He also believes improv teaches students how to respect one another and to take risks. His students learn the value in teamwork, as well as the value in failure and learning from their mistakes.
  • dramaresource.com
    dramaresource.com

    Drama Across the Curriculum

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    Megan McClure says:
    This resource lists ways to utilize drama activities in every type of classroom from Art to Science to Math. DramaResource.com is a great resource, overall, for activities and lesson plans to help you integrate drama into the classroom.
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