This Book is Not about Drama: It's about New Ways to Inspire Students offers a comprehensive approach to using role play and discussion to build language experiences that are meaningful for learners. It explores issues around storytelling, silent speech, writing and imagination and shows teachers how to be effective observers and support the deeper meaning that comes from working inside and outside the text. This authoritative resource is full of simple strategies and texts that have been chosen for their ability to engage students, get them out of their chairs, and let them learn actively and socially. The strategies begin with simple games and evolve into more complex learning opportunities. Working together - from games to creating rituals Storytelling - from exploring the storyteller's voice to moving beyond the story Role-Playing - from writing in role to turning life experiences into drama Mining the Story - from finding hidden stories to creating parallel stories Researchers and Role Players - from becoming historians to acting on information Reading Aloud - from presenting Readers Theatre to choral dramatisation Sharing Role-Playing - from working from eyewitness perspectives to building an ensemble drama The model texts included give teachers a great place to start. Highly readable anecdotes from real classrooms put the texts in context. These classroom glimpses illustrate the power that students can bring to their learning as they share within groups and find ways to involve their audience. This Book is Not about Dramais a remarkable book that shows teachers how to inspire students to experience, reflect, and express their ideas with confidence.
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