Teaching Drama in the Classroom

A Toolbox for Teachers

  • Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
  • Sarah Kaplan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
    1. Anthony Manna
      Pages 1-8
  2. Character Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 16-16
    2. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 13-14
    3. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 17-20
    4. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, Martha Abbott-shim, Lynn Briggs, Florence Hardney-hinds, Tracy Woodhall
      Pages 21-32
    5. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 33-35
    6. William Kist
      Pages 37-40
    7. Sandy Perlman
      Pages 41-42
  3. Music

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 48-48
    2. Sandra Golden
      Pages 45-47
    3. Susan V. Iverson, Jennifer H. James
      Pages 49-54
    4. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 59-62
  4. Adapting Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 68-68
    2. Karen Greene Seipert
      Pages 69-70
    3. Carie Cseak Greene
      Pages 71-73
    4. Jaclyn Consilio
      Pages 75-76
    5. Teri Poulos
      Pages 87-88
    6. Brandy Mcfee
      Pages 89-90
    7. Jessica Cervenak
      Pages 91-108
  5. Storytelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 108-108
    2. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 111-111
    3. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 113-118
    4. Jacqueline Peck
      Pages 119-121
    5. Susan V. Iverson, Rhonda S. Filipan
      Pages 123-129
    6. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 131-132
  6. Good Ideas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 128-128
    2. Carol L. Robinson, Daniel-Raymond Nadon, Nancy M. Resh
      Pages 139-143
  7. History/Social Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 144-144
    2. John Yurkschatt JR.
      Pages 155-156
    3. John Yurkschatt JR.
      Pages 157-159
    4. Amanda Janosko
      Pages 171-172
    5. Karen Andrus Tollafield
      Pages 175-177
  8. Creative Play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 170-170
    2. Yuko Kurahashi
      Pages 185-186
    3. Kelly Bretz
      Pages 187-189
    4. Marianne Schultz
      Pages 191-192
    5. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 193-196

About this book


This book includes strategies for integrating drama in the classroom through the use of creating characters, giving meaning to activities through answering the questions: who, what, when, where, and why about any person and situation under discussion (5 W's), using storyboards, incorporating music, writing radio scripts, and using literature and movies as prompts for improvised enactments. Students will learn how to create characters and apply those creations to different content-area activities, situations, and subject matter. This useful resource describes more than thirty-five scenarios of teachers and students in early elementary grades through graduate school working together to craft drama events that draw out participants’ creative energies, interpretations of curricular topics, and investigations of social, political, and personal concerns. In all of these lesson plans, students collectively explore topics, concepts, themes, or tensions that surface as they navigate their way through the conditions and experiences that unfold in a scene, skit, improvisation, or in interrelated episodes. Drama techniques include role play, scripting, dialogue, audience participation, improvisation, and the strategic use of interaction, space, movement, and gesture.

Editors and affiliations

  • Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
    • 1
  • Sarah Kaplan
    • 1
  1. 1.Kent State UniversityOhioUSA

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