Ideas For Teaching Drama

Drama lessons and ideas for teachers from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Where I teach, Drama is a mandatory part of the curriculum for students in Grades 1 to 8. I enjoy teaching drama, but I have heard from other teachers that they find this subject hard to plan for without a textbook or background experience. 

Below is a general outline on how to start your year and possible topics you can cover depending on the time you have for this course. 

Starting Your Year 
  1. Establish rules specific for drama class to create a safe space for all students.
  2. Co-create Dramatic Presentation Success Criteria.
  3. Teach the Elements of Drama: Role/Character, Focus and Emphasis, Place and Time, Relationships, Tension.
  4. Use Ice Breakers and Drama Circles to get students more comfortable with drama and create a safe space.

Sample Drama Year Plan
    Dramatic Performance Success Criteria from the 2 Peas and a Dog Blog
  1. Establish classroom rules together to ensure safety of students.
  2. Co-create overall success criteria, then add to it for each new unit
  3. Explicitly teach the Elements of Drama
  4. Ice Breakers
  5. Drama Circles

Select a few ideas from the list below depending on the age, grade level and readiness of your students. 

  • Mime
  • Tableau
  • Improv
  • Drama Scenarios
  • Reader’s Theatre 
  • Novel in an Hour 
  • Plays

Cross-Curricular Integration
  • Interview An Expert from Science or Social Studies
  • Monologues
  • Character Hot Seat
  • Wax Museum 

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Drama lessons and ideas for teachers from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

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