Teaching Classroom Drama and Theatre
Practical Projects for Secondary Schools
Routledge – 2005 – 192 pages
Rainer and Lewis present a series of new, exciting and challenging practical units for teaching drama in the modern classroom. The tried-and-tested units of work in this book are placed in the context of current ideas about classroom practice. The authors present a new model of how teachers can draw together the various methodologies of process drama and traditional theatre teaching.
The flexible content makes the book suitable for specialist and non-specialist drama teachers. Newly trained teachers, student teachers and those new to drama will feel supported by the full, detailed layout. Experienced teachers will find the main benefit of the book as a springboard into their own drama teaching around the themes and topics given, and as a means of clarifying theoretical concepts.
'Martin Lewis and John Rainer's book is an effective, practical set of projects for teachers suitable for key stage 3/4. This step-by-step guide successfully develops students' understanding of theatrical forms and processes through the "practical classroom tradition of drama teaching"… It offers a wealth of material, which has the potential to engage pupils with a range of abilities … This publication will prove invaluable in any drama classroom.' - Karen Wilson, TES
'Throughout the book the tone is instructional, although readers are encouraged to adapt the units of work for their own use. The work is detailed and thorough … This book is full of promise, and will no doubt provide teachers of drama with food for thought.' - English Drama Media, The Professional Journal of the National Association for the Teaching of English
Section 1: Introduction and Rationale: Introduction, Classroom Drama and Theatre - A Manifesto, Rationale and Assessment Section 2: Teaching Units: Introduction to the Teaching units 1. Urban Legends 2. Dilemmas 3. Displaced People 4. Next Stop High School 5. Lilliput 6. The White Rose 7. The Mysteries 8. Toodyay Letters
Martin Lewis is Director of Arts and Assistant Head Teacher at Penketh High School and Specialist Arts College Warrington.
John Rainer is Subject Leader for Drama within the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.