Drama in Education: Theory and Practice
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The New Dramathemes
In this new edition, you will find a variety of sources for storytelling, improvisation,
interpretation, and movement; guides for planning drama; novel response activities;
reproducible blackline masters of sources, assessment profiles, and activities; drama
conventions with descriptions; and rubrics for evaluation.
This newly-revised third edition has been written to provide you
with an updated version of games, activities, and resources on the ten themes
that framed the original
two books. They are based on popular thematic explorations in literature
for young people: Humour, Mystery, Fantasy, Animals, Relationships, Folklore,
Pastr, The Future, Diversity and Equity. 160 pages Softcover, $18.95.
The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers
Royal Shakespeare Company
Based on decades of work by the Royal Shakespeare Company in schools across the UK, this is likely the best book on the market for teaching Shakespeare to children. Focusing on Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Toolkit is suitable for grades 3-9. Also included is a CD-Rom with printable worksheets for every activity. Softcover, 304 pp. $100.00.
Gavin Bolton: Essential Writings
Edited by David Davis
For over 40 years, Gavin Bolton has been a leading figure in Drama in Education. His publications cover all aspects of young people's educational drama and this selection of his key writings provides insight into the major areas of his theory and practice. Softcover, 186 pp. $32.95.
Learning to Read with Graphic Power
David Booth & Larry Swartz
Learning to Read with Graphic Power is designed to harness the literacy power of graphic readers in today's elementary classroom. Easy to use and lavishly illustrated, this comprehensive resource for teachers and educators includes an overview of the key features and components of graphic readers; strategies on how graphic readers can connect to the classroom literacy program; and explanations on how this highly visual and accessible format can support guided reading and develop stronger readers who get to read texts they want to read. Softcover, 76 pp. $43.95.
Drama Schemes, Themes & Dreams
Larry Swartz & Debbie Nyman
Drama Schemes, Themes & Dreams offers a comprehensive outline of improvisation and interpretation strategies that teachers can incorporate in classroom instruction. Each chapter is organized around a framework that will engage students as they experience a wealth of dramatic activity. Inside, you will find a host of sources for improving classroom instruction, including scripts, monologues, poetry, novel excerpts, and visual images. New and experienced teachers in all subject areas will find the help they need to create meaningful and innovative learning opportunities for all learners. Softcover, 176 pp. $24.95.
Stages: Creative Ideas for Staging Drama
Stages is packed with drama exercises and ideas that work, tested on the hardest critics of all -- high school students. The exercises in this book can be used in isolation to simply fill a spare moment of class time, or to create a drama workshop or entire drama course. Suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, the ideas can be adapted for young children and teenagers as well as experienced actors. Softcover, $19.95.
Schemes for Classroom Drama
The schemes of work in this book provide clear, coherent, thought-provoking opportunities for drama teachers. They outline class lessons rooted in child-centered, humanising theory and practice, to help equip today's young people to respond to the world as it is. Softcover, 160 pp. $32.95.
Edward Bond and the Dramatic Child
This unique book discusses all of Bond's important plays for young people and offers case studies of various productions of them. Contributors explore the demands and rewards of acting and staging Bond. Softcover, 224 pp. $36.95.
Real Players? Drama, Technology, and Education
John Carroll, Michael Anderson & David Cameron
Educational drama is being transformed by the technology of our screen-mediated world. The everyday use of computers, mobile phones, videogames and television is changing young people's perceptions of what drama is and how it works. This book brings together the performance world of educational drama and the real world digital environment inhabited by many young people. It illustrates the dramatic conventions drama teachers can bring to using interactive and online performance in their classrooms. Softcover, 181 pp. $39.95.
Young at Art
Christine Hatton & Sarah Lovesy
This is a practical guide to playbuilding for teachers working with students at an upper primary and secondary level. Focusing on an area often neglected in traditional drama textbooks, the book covers the process of devising drama, and the teacher's role in facilitating students to collectively become playwrights, actors, designers, directors and critics of their ensemble work. Softcover, 196 pp. $45.95.
Pupils as Playwrights: Drama, Literacy, and Playwriting
This is an innovative and exciting approach to drama and to developing the literacy skills of children from the ages of 6 to 12. The book makes explicit links between literacy, drama, and the development of speaking and listening skills; it also offers extensive practical exercises and activities and suggests models for planning further work. Educators will find this to be a unique and invaluable resource. Softcover, 200 pp. $29.95.
Playing a Part: Drama and Citizenship
Drama is direct and immediate and this book shows how effectively it can be used to support Citizenship Education, by putting students in someone else's shoes. It provides inspiration and guidance to teachers and youth groups to develop their skills for democracy: their oracy, non-verbal communication, listening, debating and public speaking. Educators will find this to be a powerful and supportive resource. Softcover, 160 pp. $29.95.
Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World
Kathleen Gould Lundy
This is a ground-breaking book which suggests effective ways teachers can re-define an inclusive curriculum by questioning what is taught, how it is taught, to whom and under what conditions. This powerful book includes a handy summary of 50 strategies, along with re-producible pages for classroom use.
This is an ideal resource that encourages teachers to evaluate their core teaching beliefs, acknowledge the realities of students’ lives, and create respectful, inclusive learning environments where students actively engage in interpreting challenging texts from the “inside out.” Softcover. $24.95.
The Novel Experience
This flipchart provides a wealth of practical tips and suggestions for using the power of novels to explore the fascinating world of language. The simple and handy book will help students develop confidence in choosing novels that suit their tasts, interests, and abilities. Innovative ways students can share their response and make connections to their own lives are a major focus of The Novel Experience. Softcover, $12.95.
The Picture Book Experience
This handy flip book describes how experiencing and responding to picture books can lead you to new understandings, new learnings, and new wonderings. It guides you toward a deeper way of looking at picture books as tools for learning. Softcover, $12.95.
The Poetry Experience
This playful flip book explores all aspects of poetry - from guidelines and an overview of poetic forms to Top Ten lists of various poetry favorites. Poetry is a powerful, personal medium and this guide offers strategies for defining poetry so that students can reflect and determine what poetry means to them. Softcover, $12.95.
Creating the Dynamic Classroom
Mindy Pollishuke & Susan Schwartz
Creating the Dynamic Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers, is a valuable resource for both new and experienced teachers. By highlighting their own understandings, the authors help teachers make the necessary links between philosophy and practical application. Softcover, $45.95.
Playdate: A Parent's and Teacher's Guide to Putting on a Play
Play Date tells parents and teachers how to work with children in staging a play step by step and week by week. The process is broken down into twelve chapters, each of which builds on the last in a sequential progression. In all, this is an invaluable resource which ensures a fun learning experience. Softcover, 123 pp. $27.95.
Drama as Therapy
Phil Jones' second edition of Drama as Therapy is a comprehensive, erudite, and grounded illumination of the field of drama therapy. He brings past, present, and future of the field to life in an active conversation among practitioners, researchers, and theoreticians. Softcover, 345 pp. $42.95.
Introduction to Theatre Arts 2: Teacher's Guide
This updated guide makes teaching theatre arts easy and fun for all.
It includes extra sammple scripts and scoring rubrics. It also contains
chapters entitled The Valuable Theatre Program, Theatre for Unique Learners,
Theatre for Students Who Are Learning a New Language, and Guides and Helpers.
Softcover, 373 pp. $39.95.
Introduction to Theatre Arts: Student Handbook
This sequel edition to the Introduction to Theatre Arts: Student
Handbook includes units using theatre for life's lessons, movement,
voice, skill-building activities, understanding and writing scripts,
theatre behind the scenes and production 101. Softcover, 250 pp. $25.95.
Covering the Curriculum with Stories
Paul Ginnis & Sharon Ginnis
Covering the Curriculum with Stories is an exciting
and unique resource, presenting a set of six delightful, cross-curricular
play-based projects that deliver outstanding learning experiences.
Designed for children aged 3-7, these projects will make major contributions
to your pupils literacy and literary skills, teach a whole repertoire
of thinking skills and deliver many features of the Foundation and
KS1 Curricula in an integrated, cross-curricular way. Softcover,
229 pp. $49.50.
Reading Doesn't Matter Anymore
In this book, eminent educator and author David Booth argues that teachers must redefine reading as an activity that embraces the needs and interests of students. Reading isn't just about Dick and Jane or great literature anymore; it's about the internet, comic books, technical manuals, graphic novels, iPods, and much more. Rooted in the real world kids live in today, this book concludes with 101 literacy events that celebrate reading not just in school, but the world. Softcover, 176 pp. $16.95.
Leap Into Literacy
Kathleen Gould Lundy
Leap Into Literacy demonstrates how teachers can nurture classrooms that are active, challenging, safe, and relevant to students. Teachers can find engaging points and a wealth of proven strategies and techniques - from role-playing, moving expressively, and working with art to playing cooperative drama games, presenting tableaux, and interpreting text as Readers Theatre. Softcover, 128 pp. $24.95.
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