2nd Edition

Teaching Classroom Drama and Theatre Practical Projects for Secondary Schools

By Martin Lewis, John Rainer Copyright 2012
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    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
    • Transportation
    • 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.

    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