Using Drama to Elicit Details & Elaboration

Creative drama activities help students discover details in their writing. This workshop for teachers leads them through a process that teaches students how to move safely and with control in the classroom and how to facilitate imaginative and dramatic explorations of characters, places, and situations. These explorations lead to vivid, detailed writing.

Participants will:

  • learn how to teach children to move safely and with control in the classroom
  • learn several game structures that can be used repeatedly and adapted to teach a variety of curricular objectives
  • gain confidence with using movement in the classroom
  • understand how movement games and structures can boost memory, aid kinesthetic learners, foster creative thinking, and teach cooperation
  • make connections between, movement, and their curriculum
  • make creative choices

Curricular Connections

CC English Language Arts Grade 3-8.W.3 Write Narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Grade 4 2.05 Make inferences, draw conclusions, make generalizations, and support by referencing the text. Grade 5 3.01 Respond to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama using interpretive, critical, and evaluative processes by:…examining reasons for a character’s actions, taking into account the situation and basic motivation of the character.

Theatre Arts K-8.C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.

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