ERIC Number: ED037456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of Drama in High School.
Matthews, Dorothy E.
Illinois English Bulletin, v56 n5 p1-20 Feb 1969
For college or college-bound youth, introductory drama courses must utilize a number of approaches to equip students with a minimal understanding of the various schools and styles of drama. Emphasis should be placed on first-hand experiences (seeing a play or listening to a recorded performance), thus developing in students the ability to view a play as a play, distinct in its problems and potentialities from other literary forms. "Critical reading" ought to initially focus on the way a playwright communicates through the dramatic medium, saving intensive line-by-line analysis for more advanced work. Presenting relevant background material for the particular dramatic period under consideration and assigning plays in conjunction with units on the novel are also useful methods of broadening the student's dramatic awareness. (An outline for high school drama study and suggested classroom projects are included.) (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Urbana.