What Were They Thinking? Integrating Theatre, English, & History in Grades 3-8

In this professional development workshop, teachers experience practical methods for using drama and movement to teach Social Studies and English Language Arts curricular content. They choose figures from history and explore them through movement and imagination; they write from the point of view of the characters they choose and create a brief, informal readers’ theater presentation. Teachers take home a guide to leading the activities they take part in during the workshop, including a script for leading similar activities in their own classrooms. This workshop was developed through a Kennedy Center training.

What teachers said about the workshop:

“This was the best professional development session we had all year!”

“The learning experience is improved by using kinesthetic activities and group collaboration, and I learned new ways of doing this.”

“Having students act out and become a character will give them better understanding.”

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