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Theatre Education and Literacy WHY should teachers integrate drama? (from ‘Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts’ by: Claudia E. Cornett)

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3 WHY should teachers integrate drama? (from ‘Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts’ by: Claudia E. Cornett) Drama deals with real life problems Drama provokes creative problem solving and decision making Drama develops verbal and nonverbal communication Drama can enhance psychological well-being Drama develops empathy Drama builds cooperation and other social skills Drama increases concentration and comprehension Drama causes reflection on moral issues and values Drama can be used to assess Drama is entertaining Drama contributes to esthetic development Drama is a learning avenue to other areas of curriculum

4 “The arts of music and creative drama are part and parcel of early childhood play. Children feel more secure in exploring new area when their foray is grounded in the familiar. To employ such successful, natural and enjoyable processes in an integrated manner for learning new content makes eminently good sense. ”— Margaret Merrion and Janet Rubin, CREATIVE APPROACHES TO ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM

5 “Linguistic and social skills increase through a program of creative drama”- The Effects of Creative Drama on the Social and Oral Language Skills of Children with Learning Disabilities, R.E. de la Cruz ”…When children have been involved in the process of integrating creative drama with reading, they are not only able to better comprehend what they’ve read and acted out, but they are also able to better comprehend what they have read but do not act out, such as the written scenarios they encounter on standardized tests.”- The Effectiveness of Creative Drama as an Instructional Strategy to Enhance the Reading Comprehension Skills of Fifth-Grade Remedial Readers, Sherry DuPont

6 In my own experience as a theatre teacher, I have observed the relationship between theatre and literacy. Here are a few examples from my experiences in the theatre classroom… I have observed…. Bilingual students gain confidence in their English speaking skills through theatre and drama Students gain a greater vocabulary through theatre and drama Students learn about the elements of stories through theatre and drama Students learn how to sequence a story through theatre and drama Students gain greater reading comprehension skills through theatre and drama Students gain writing skills through writing scenes, monologues and entire plays


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