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ERIC Number: ED396351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-30
Pages: 9
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Drama: An Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Exercise.
Tomas, Linda
Teaching drama gave one instructor a chance to renew herself, and drama became an important part of a personal teaching renaissance. An elective class for grade 12 entitled "Humanities and the Arts" offered opportunity for collaborative teaching with colleagues in their areas of expertise. In a class on "Modern Drama" designed for honors students, students (after complaining about the modern classic dramas they were reading) were challenged to write and perform their own one-act plays, then were evaluated by their teacher, a drama coach, and their peers. Subject matter included drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, genetic engineering, fatherhood, and date rape. The dramatic exercise demonstrated to the students what they could achieve as learners coming from a different perspective as well as the magnitude of their own generation's social concerns. When each play was over, the students in the audience were asked to critique the play. In the final exam the students were asked to reflect about their opportunity to work so directly with drama. The collaborative teaching aspect could include a history teacher or a music teacher in the interdisciplinary nature of the class. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Collaborative Teaching; Drama in Education