ERIC Number: ED276044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Spotlighting Classroom Drama. P.E.N. (Primary English Notes) 15.
Primary English Notes (P.E.N.), n15 1979
Based on the idea that drama infuses the classroom with activity, imagination, language, and powerful learning experiences, this journal offers commentary and suggestions on classroom drama practices at the elementary level. The first section argues that drama motivates self-active learning and promotes language development, learning across the curriculum, and overall cognitive development. The second section discusses how oral activities include elements of drama, lists the five communication functions, presents optional preliminaries to drama activities, and suggests drama games. Activities that prepare children for improvisation, such as play with objects and puppets, moving to sound, mime, guessing games, and charades are included in the third section. The fourth section presents the following improvising and role playing activities: play making, improvising from minimal directions, and improvising in the subject areas. The fifth section defines dance drama and answers some basic questions about how to introduce it to a class, what music to use, how to progress, and how to relate it to other school work. Focusing on scripts and performances, the final section discusses helping children with scripting, ways to use scripted plays, and the details of putting on a school drama festival and staging a play. (JD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Primary English Teaching Association, Rozelle (Australia).