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Drama as a Strategy in the Classroom

Definition:

Drama can be used as a processing strategy where framed curricular topics, social topics, teacher
objectives like literacy/fluency, and student’s personal experiences are acted/played out by the
students and teacher using improvised actions in imagined and unscripted scenarios. This can be
done using puppets, masks, supporting items like clothing or accessories during the
roleplaying/acting out.

Rationale:

According to Mission to Mars: Using Drama to Make a More Inclusive Classroom for Literacy Learning by
Brian Edmiston, “Drama can create public spaces where all children can participate using their strengths
as the people they are and want to become in imagination. Drama as an approach to literacy learning
and education in general can create opportunities for adults to work with younger people in order to
examine, extend, and shape how people might positively identify with social realities. Through drama, we
can create a more inclusive world where the voices of people with disabilities are supported, heard, and
respected.”

Procedures
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Populations

Appropriate for all learners, students on the Autism Spectrum, students with learning disabilities, Visual
Impairments, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, behavioral challenges, and
students who are English Language Learners.

Visual Examples:

Student’s acting out the Islamic story the A teacher and her student’s acting out and
Tale of Two Frogs discussing the shapes in a math curriculum
class

References

Anderson, A. (2012). The Influence of Process Drama on Elementary Students' Written Language. Urban
Education,47(5), 959-982.
Anderson, A., & Berry, K. (2015). The Influence of Classroom Drama on Teachers' Language and Students' On-
Task Behavior. Preventing School Failure,59(4), 197-206.
Corcoran, C. A., & Davis, A. D. (2005). A Study of the Effects of Readers' Theater on Second and Third Grade
Special Education Students' Fluency Growth. Reading Improvement,42(2), 105-111.
Edmiston, B. (2007). Mission to Mars: Using Drama to Make a More Inclusive Classroom for Literacy
Learning. Language Arts,84(4), 337-346.
Garrett, T. D., & O'Connor, D. (2010). Readers' Theater: "Hold on, Let's Read It Again." TEACHING Exceptional
Children,43(1), 6-13.
Kempe, A., & Tissot, C. (2012). The Use of Drama to Teach Social skills in a special School Setting for Students
with Autism. Support for Learning,27(3), 97-102.
Mulker Greenfader, C., & Brouillette, L. (2013). Boosting Language Skills of English Learners Through
Dramatization and Movement. The Reading Teacher,67(3), 171-180.