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ERIC Number: ED370148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Discovering Hidden Voices.
Collins, Carol
Bread Loaf News, v4 n3 p24-25 Fall-Win 1991
Working with teachers and artists from Florida to Maine, a drama educator has discovered that creative power and insight can emerge when using drama in the language arts classroom. One seventh-grade class began with simple warm-ups to loosen inhibitions and then moved into a unit that dealt with improvising using movement. A student who had hardly spoken in class led discussions. A student in a tenth-grade class (who was too "cool" to participate) described a female character in an abstract painting by Picasso, probing deeply into the character. Because creative drama relies on group collaboration as the key to solving activities, all students have the opportunity to star in important roles. Students should be grouped into performance ensembles. Such ensembles can then develop improvisations, discuss, and write about a "statue" consisting of several students standing in the middle of the class who then "freeze" into a group statue. Resources, artist residencies, workshops, and grants for specific projects are available to the classroom teacher to introduce drama into the curriculum. Students may learn (as one young man in a correctional facility did) to trust others and to realize that others could be leaders too. (Contains a list of 18 drama resources.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A