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00 - New Drama Teacher Toolkit

The New Drama Teacher toolkit has links and resources to help you with your first year in the drama classroom.

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06 - Classroom Materials

Posters for your classroom, and scenes for classroom study.

08 - PD Courses

Video on how to put our fires in your classroom, using the DTA course modules.

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A Guide to the Elizabethan Age

A comprehensive guide to the Elizabethan Age, including historical details, the Elizabethan Theatre, and Staging the Elizabethan Play.

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Create Your Own Choice Board: Drama Activities

Sometimes you need to have prepared activities so students can work independently. The goal is to have students apply knowledge in an effective way when the natural flow of instruction is disrupted.

One such activity is a choice board. A choice board offers students a variety of activities on a topic or multiple topics. Students will choose a set number of activities to complete and submit. With this resource you can create your own, use all the provided tasks on a single topic, or print off the ready-to-go sample choice boards.

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Create Your Own Drama Curriculum

When there isn’t a textbook to follow or a specific set of units, how do you create a curriculum? Tips and tricks from experts in the field.

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Directing the Absurd Play

How do you direct something with no plot, nonsense dialogue and uninformative characters? How do you approach the Absurd play? How do you help students approach the Absurd play? This guide comes complete with exercises to help with Theatre of the Absurd plays.

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Elizabethan Theatre

This guide to Elizabethan Theatre includes details on the Life of a Playright in Elizabethan times, including biographies of Elizabethan playwrights (including Shakespeare). It includes exercises and activities for 4 of Shakespeare's plays.

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Methods of Teaching Theatre: A Teacher Toolkit

There are a lot of challenges that come in the first few years of teaching, especially for new theatre teachers, including non-traditional teaching spaces, entire classes of students who have no interest in theatre, a lack of a standard curriculum, and creating objective assessments for subjective materials, just to name a few. This book will help you anticipate the preparations you will need to address before a student ever walks into your classroom and the kind of philosophical questions you need to ask, and answer, as you begin your teaching career.

This toolkit examines four fundamental building blocks of teaching: Classroom Setup, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, and Assessment. It also provides you with tools and activities that will help you integrate these fundamentals into a drama classroom. If you are a new teacher, or are still in your teacher training, these tools will provide you with a lot of supplemental, practical information that will help you prepare for your first few years of teaching.

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New Teacher Primer

If you’ve never done a first week in the drama classroom, how do you know what to expect? What to say? What to do? Let the New Teacher Primer be your guide.

We’ve divided this toolkit into high school and middle school sections. There’s definitely a specific way to approach each level. However, there will also be some overlap between the two, so don’t be afraid to read it all and adapt for your situation.

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Protest and Art Resource

Students can explore the history of protest and how art has played a role in protest. They can examine different protest plays and protest art to discuss how art is political. What are the creatives behind the art trying to say? Why was it created? Students can examine what other artists have done and what change is happening in the entertainment world now. While analyzing art students should be asking: Why this? Why now? Use the activities in this resource to discover how to respond to political art and how to identify works of protest.

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Resource Link Guide

Looking for information and searching online is too overwhelming? See if our Resource Guide has what you need.

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Sample Rehearsal Schedule with Exercises

This is a sample six rehearsal schedule for a full length play. Use this as a model and modify according to your and your students' needs.

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Why so Emotional? A Guide for Highly Charged Scenes

A guide for teachers to help with their student actors; to find the right balance within an emotional performance, including exercises that can be explored to counteract overemotional acting.

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Writing Lesson Plans Toolkit

In this toolkit, you will learn the structure and terminology of a standard lesson plan and how that lesson plan can be adapted in the theatre classroom. You will learn how to identify and utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy in the creation of your lesson plans and explore the National Standards for Theatre with an eye toward including specific state standards in your completed plans.

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