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ERIC Number: ED391206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Creative Drama in the Classroom.
Annarella, Lorie A.
The use of creative drama in the classroom is a student-focused process where experiential learning can be fostered and developed within any given curriculum. It can help students to develop divergent thinking skills, inventive creativity, and cognitive thinking skills, and it can stimulate the development of oral and written communication skills. Used in a social context, creative drama can show the student the way to be empathetic to the needs of others and consequently the student will be better able to form a value judgment. Fostering intuition, creative drama helps the student to relegate inner strengths of "knowing" into concrete action. Creative drama is a holistic approach to academic learning. Non-threatening classroom exercises can provide a genuine feeling of surprise and fun in the classroom and help students to become aware of the utilization of their imagination. In one exercise, students read parts of Emerson's essay "Fate"; they dressed in black and, turning off all the lights, read the essay aloud with flashlights. Afterwards, students talked about how fate influences lives. It is important, if such activities are to be successful, that the instructor instill students with a sense of trust. Students must not be forced to participate--they should be asked. In an exercise promoting trust, a student is blindfolded and another student leads him around the room while a poem or passage of prose is read. (Contains 14 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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