As educators most of us know that attempting to teach an indifferent child is like striking one’s head against a brick wall. With considerably young children we seldom come across this issue as most preschool and preschool kids are inspired by inquisitiveness and love to discover new concepts. Unfortunately, as a kid gets older, learning is often viewed as a laborious task.
This is where drama as a literary device comes in handy. Using drama or theatre in any English class for primary school helps to actively engage students in a fun and personal way. Children have the opportunity to bring to life a character in their own way. Moreover, the teamwork required leads to fostering of inclusion.
Involving everyone together
In a theatre class all children are equally and proactively involved, each role is vital for the successful portrayal of the play. A sense of attachment can be attained here that is tough to acquire in the more typical class setting. In a way, theatre lessons are the playing fields of the classroom.
Certainly, then, the active engagement required in a drama lesson includes not only the intellect yet also children’s creativity and feelings. By motivating self-expression, drama encourages kids to use language with confidence and creatively.
Watch an apathetic kid in the class come to life on the playing stage and play his heart out for his group. That is where he feels he fits in; his skills are appreciated and he belongs to the team. If students experience the class as a caring, encouraging space where there is a feeling of membership and everybody is valued and respected, they will often tend to take part more fully in the process of discovering.
Try the one-minute theatre activity
One-minute Theatre, like Human Slideshow, can be made use of to sum up chapters, publications and various other reading content. It can also be utilized to expose your students to the stories of challenging work, so that they can concentrate on recognizing the writing as opposed to following the tale.
As an example, I utilize this technique when introducing acts by Shakespeare. If the pupils have a fundamental awareness of what will occur in the act before they start reading, it takes some of the pressure off, and we can cooperate on enacting scenes and making sense of specific lines and speeches.
You can give pupils a recap of a full play or of smaller parts of it, then ask them to read it, designate characters and put together a one-minute play that goes with the summary. Do not be a disciplinarian for time. If their plays take 2-4 minutes, that’s fine as well!