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Dramatic Difference Drama in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom

ISBN-10: 0325001219
ISBN-13: 9780325001210
Edition: 1999
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Description: Young children learn best through two kinds of experiences: dramatic play and interaction with their peerslearning through action precedes learning through language or thought. In The Dramatic Difference, Victoria Brown and Sarah Pleydell introduce  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.25
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/10/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Young children learn best through two kinds of experiences: dramatic play and interaction with their peerslearning through action precedes learning through language or thought. In The Dramatic Difference, Victoria Brown and Sarah Pleydell introduce drama as a bridge between children's natural propensity for active learning and the demands of the preschool and kindergarten curriculum. The Dramatic Difference is a comprehensive guide to using drama as a teaching toolfrom spontaneous work initiated by a child's curiosity to drama work that is planned and guided by the teacher with specific educational objectives in mind. The authors offer: strategies for leading curricular-based process drama work detailed descriptions of age-appropriate drama sessions a step-by-step guide to facilitating new drama work suggestions for integrating props and other multisensory experiences recommendations for adapting dramatic activity to accommodate children with special needs. Dramatic play offers the perfect medium for young children to solve problems, express emotions, develop critical-thinking skills, engage in socialization, and develop a sense of self. The Dramatic Difference will help preschool and kindergarten teachers, drama specialists, and day care providers create an environment where the potential for learning through drama is as limitless as a child's imagination.

Sarah Pleydell is a writer, performer, and educator. A graduate of Oxford and London Universities, she now teaches writing at the University of Maryland. Pleydell is concurrently a master artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Vienna, Virginia.

Victoria Brown is a professor of theatre at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, where she directs the Developmental Drama program. She is a founding artist of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, works with children, and conducts teacher training workshops on drama in early childhood education nationwide. Brown also serves on the National Arts in Education Partnership Task Force on Children's Learning and the Arts: Birth to Age Eight.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Getting Started
The Nature of Dramatic Activity
Planning Drama
Determining the Best Approach
Transitioning Between the Scenes
Suitable Roles for Children and Teacher
Notes
Stepping into Stories
Story Drama Methodology
Story Drama Reports
So Much [3]
Stellaluna [3]
Brave Irene
Lance the Giraffe [3]
Bread and Honey
Where the Wild Things Are
The Mud Pony
Suggestions for More Story Dramatization
Mirandy and Brother Wind
Tops and Bottoms [3]
Caps for Sale
Zomo the Rabbit
The Giant Jam Sandwich
Notes
Beyond Story
Incidental Drama
"Preparing for Winter" [3]
"The PT Birds and the Sand Creatures"
Evolving Drama
"Space Travel"
"The Hospital"
Preplanned Drama
"The Stranger"
"Your Own Back Yard"
Suggestions for More Theme-based Drama
"Superhero Alert!"
"The Restaurant" [3]
"The Trip to the Beach"
Integrating an Audience
Notes
Props and Other Multisensory Stimuli
Using Props
Multisensory Stimulation
Incorporating Sign Language and Kinesthetic Learning
Notes
Dramatizing Myth with Young Children
The Power of Myth
Myth and Young Minds
Making Myths Age Appropriate
Forging Connections with Masks and Props
Myth Dramatizations
Sky Woman
Persephone
Suggestions for Further Development
Notes
Drama for Emotional Growth
Empathy: Identifying Emotions and Feelings of Others
Processing Emotion Through Story
Where the Wild Things Are
Creating Positive Solutions
Kwa Doma Doma
Notes
Involving Children with Special Needs
Adapting Drama for Children with Special Needs
Accommodations for Children with Physical Limitations
Drama Sessions
Goodnight Moon [3]
The Very Busy Spider [3]
"Autumn Leaves" [3]
"Autumn Leaves: Leaf Journey" [3]
"Heavy Elephants and Light Butterflies" [3]
More Ideas for Drama
Lance the Giraffe [3]
We're Going on a Bear Hunt [3]
The Very Hungry Caterpillar [3]
More Animal Opposites [3]
Are You My Mother? [3]
Notes
Assessment
Assessment for Instructional Purposes
Methods for Assessing Drama
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography: Children's Books
References

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