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Social Studies Takes the Stage

  1. 1. Social StudiesTakes the Stage:Creative Drama in the Social StudiesClassroom<br />Presented by Betsey<br />
  2. 2. Presentation Materials<br />Available at:<br /><br />
  3. 3. WhatisCreative Drama?<br /><ul><li>An improvisational, process-centered form of theatre in which participants are guided by a leader to enact real or imagined experiences</li></li></ul><li>What Isn’t Creative Drama?<br />Theatre<br />Focused on the product<br />Performed for an audience<br />
  4. 4. Creative Drama<br />vs.<br />Theater<br />
  5. 5. Why Use Creative Drama?<br />Stimulates the imagination and promotes creative thinking<br />Develops critical thinking skills<br />Promotes language development<br />Strengthens comprehension and learning retention by involving the senses<br /><ul><li>Increases empathy and awareness of others
  6. 6. Fosters peer respect and group cooperation
  7. 7. Reinforces positive self-concept</li></li></ul><li>Theater Games<br />Used for warm-ups<br />Can be connected to content<br />
  8. 8. Anything Fabric<br />Pass a piece of fabric (or another object) around the circle.<br />Each student demonstrates one thing the fabric could be.<br />Content Connection:<br />How could a pioneer/Pilgrim/soldier have used this item?<br />
  9. 9. The What?<br />Pass an object (such as a globe or map) around the circle<br />Students follow the pattern as they pass the object <br />This is the equator.<br />The equator.<br />The equator.<br />The what?<br />The what?<br />Oh! The equator.<br />
  10. 10. You Can’t Take Me<br />Scenario: Someone is going on a trip and can only pack items that fit into a certain category.<br />Give students a category.<br />Most students pantomime something that may or may not fit into that category.<br />A small group observes the mimes and tries to select the people they can “pack.”<br />
  11. 11. Tableaux<br />Frozen Picture<br />Often used as a starting point before an improvisation<br />
  12. 12. Tableaux in Action<br />
  13. 13. Tableaux Possibilities<br />Vocabulary Guessing Game<br />Tableaux Timeline<br />Talking Tableaux<br />
  14. 14. Narrative Pantomime<br />Someone reads or tells a story with lots of action as others mime<br />Possible Uses:<br />Important Historical Events<br />Poetry<br />Picture Books<br />Audio from Historical Recreations<br />
  15. 15. Memories of Narrative Pantomime<br /> “The Union owned Fort Sumter until the Confederates attacked.There weren’t that many soldiers for either side. When shots were fired, people who lived on the coast watched the battle. The Union thought they were doomed because they were running out of supplies. Because shots were being fired, the Union troops couldn’t get to their supply room. Two supply boats were supposed to come but they couldn’t make it. They just sat on the water because it was too risky. The fort was on fire and there were almost explosions from the gun powder. The Union was out of supplies and surrendered.”<br /> -5th Grade Student<br /> 7 months after pantomime<br />
  16. 16. Improvisation<br />Scenes are created as you go<br />Role playing is important<br />Easy way to integrate language arts<br />
  17. 17. Improv Possibilities<br />Talking Artifacts<br />Character Conversations<br />Character Interviews<br />The Hat Makes the Man<br />
  18. 18. "I can teach them math until I am blue in the face, but this [drama experience] is what they will hold in their hearts years from now." – Anonymous<br />
  19. 19. Presentation Materials<br />Available at:<br /><br />