Teaching Classroom Drama and Theatre
Practical Projects for Secondary Schools
This revised and updated edition of Teaching Classroom Drama and Theatre will be an essential text for anyone teaching drama in the modern classroom. It presents a model teachers can use to draw together different methodologies of drama and theatre studies, exemplified by a series of contemporary, exciting practical units. By re-appraising the different traditions and approaches to drama teaching in schools, it offers innovative, contemporary projects and lessons suitable for a wide range of teachers and learners.
Divided into eight units with each one offering photocopiable resources and exploring a different theme, this book has been updated to reflect current trends in drama teaching and important themes in contemporary society such as:
- Myths and urban folklore
- Moral decisions
- Asylum seekers
- The transition from primary to secondary school
- Conflict resolution and propaganda
- Protest and resistance
- Medieval plays
- Crime and punishment.
Each unit provides ideas and lesson plans which can be used as they are or adapted to suit your own particular needs.
This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone who teaches – or is learning to teach - drama in secondary schools as well as those who work with young people in other drama settings.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements and Dedication Section 1. Introduction and Rationale Introduction Classroom Drama and Theatre – a manifesto Rationale and assessment Section 2. Teaching Units Introduction to the Teaching Units Unit 1. Urban Legends Unit 2. Dilemmas Unit 3. Displaced People Unit 4. Next Stop High School Unit 5. Lilliput Unit 6. The White Rose Unit 7. The Mysteries Unit 8. Toodyay Letters Bibliography
Martin Lewis has been a Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Lead Practitioner for Drama and is currently Head of Drama and Director of Arts, Kingsbridge Community School, Devon, UK.
John Rainer is Academic Division Leader for Arts, Humanities, Languages and English, Centre Leader for Arts Education and PGCE Secondary Drama Subject Co-ordinator at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
'Martin Lewis and John Rainer's book is an effective, practical set of projects for teachers suitable for key stage 3/4. This step-by-step guide successfully develops students' understanding of theatrical forms and processes through the "practical classroom tradition of drama teaching"... It offers a wealth of material, which has the potential to engage pupils with a range of abilities ... This publication will prove invaluable in any drama classroom.' - Karen Wilson, TES
'Throughout the book the tone is instructional, although readers are encouraged to adapt the units of work for their own use. The work is detailed and thorough ... This book is full of promise, and will no doubt provide teachers of drama with food for thought.' - English Drama Media, The Professional Journal of the National Association for the Teaching of English