TEACHING WITH DRAMATIZED
Educational Technology 1
A dramatization is the acting out of something.
You see these a lot in documentaries on TV––
there will be a dramatization of the JFK
assassination, using actors to show what
happened on that fateful day.
Dramatization is a great way to cement learning. If
you make a skit in your class showing how
photosynthesis works, you are much more likely
to remember it. Think Magic School
Bus.Dramatization can also mean turning a
novel into a movie or a play.
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contrived experiences in the CONE. Dramatic
experiences requires a dramatic entrance in
entering the classroom and in lesson
A dramatic entrance is something that
catches and holds attention and has an
emotional impact. Something dramatic is
something that is stirring or affecting or
moving. If our teaching is dramatic, students
may get attracted, interested and affected and
may leave an impact on them.
Dramatized experiences can range from the formal
plays, pageants to less formal tableau,
pantomime, puppets and role playing.
Plays - Depict life, character, or culture or a combination of
all three. They offer excellent opportunities to poverty vividly
important ideas about life.
Pageants - Usually community dramas that are based on
local history, presented by local actors. An example is a
historical pageant that traces the growth of a school.
Pantomime - of conveying a story through bodily
movements only. Its effects on the audience depends on the
movements of the actors.
Tableau - a French word which means picture). A picture
like scene composed of people against a background. Often
used to celebrate Independence Day, Christmas, and United
A puppet is an inanimate object or
representational figure animated or manipulated
by a puppeteer. It is used in puppetry, which is a
very ancient form of theatre.
A Kathputli show in Mandawa,Rajasthan, India
There are many different varieties of puppets,
and they are made of a wide range of materials,
depending on their form and intended use. They
can be extremely complex or very simple in their
Types of Puppets
Shadow Puppet -flat black silhouette
made from lightweight cardboard and shown
behind a screen.
Rod Puppet -flat cut out figures tacked to a
stick, with one or more movable parts, and
operated from below the stage level by wire
rods or slender sticks.
Hand Puppet -the puppet’s head is
operated by the forefinger of the puppeteer,
the little finger and thumb being used to
animate the puppet.
Glove and Finger Puppet -make use of
Making Puppet Theaters
• How to Make a Puppet Theater from a Box
1.Get a big cardboard box (appliance boxes work best)and stand it on
end. It should be able to stand by itself. Or you can use the bottom
of a TV box as the bottom of the puppet theater in to to make it
more secure. The children will stand on the lid of the box when they
2. Cut a rectangle at the top of the bottom part of the box.
3. You can hot glue a material to look like a curtain to the top of the
cut out window. I used oil cloth and gathered it a little (about every
inch) to look like a valance.
4. Now the fun part: decorate the box! Paint the front and sides a light
tan. Then sponge paint it, so it looks like bricks. Paint a vine going
up the side and hot glue silk flowers to it. Paint grass and hot glue
flowers around the bottom of the theater as well. You could
decorate the theater to go with whatever theme you have in your
room. A barn if you have a western theme, a boat if you have a
nautical theme. The ideas are endless and fun. Children love to play
in it. Even big kids, so retelling with this theater will spark their
Role – Playing
Role-playing refers to the changing of one's behaviour to
assume a role, either unconsciously to fill a social role, or
consciously to act out an adopted role. While the Oxford
English Dictionaryoffers a definition of role-playing as "the
changing of one's behaviour to fulfill a social role", in the
field of psychology, the term is used more loosely in four
To refer to the playing of roles generally such as in a
theatre, or educational setting;
To refer to taking a role of an existing character or person
and acting it out with a partner taking someone else's role,
often involving different genres of practice;
To refer to a wide range of games including role-playing
video game, play-by-mail games and more;
To refer specifically to role-playing games.
Role - Playing can be done by describing a situation
which would create different viewpoints on an issue
and then asking the students to play the roles of the
Postscript-Dramatic Experiences for MIDramatic
experiences cater to students’ multiple intelligences.
Plays, pageants, pantomimes, tableaus, puppets and
role playing are obviously most fir for kinesthetically
intelligent. When pantomimes tableaus and puppets
are accompanied by music, musical intelligence is
In teaching and learning process, these
dramatic experiences, most especially
role-playing, are most effective and
enjoyable part with lessons in the
BEED II – A
Prof. Mary Gene Panes
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