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Quality Creative Drama Resources on the Web
1. Amergin Press Online versions of several stories for teachers to use/adapt for creative drama activities, royalty-free (please do take a moment to read their Terms of Use, however). Stories vary in age-appropriateness from elementary (The Crane Maiden) to high school (A Christmas Carol). Helpfully broken down into scenes plus a list of characters included in each.
2. Games Kids play Well-organized descriptions of games. Not explicitly drama-based, but a helpful resource for warm-ups, trust-building, etc.
3. Learn NC—The North Carolina Teachers’ Network Quality lesson plans for every subject, grades 1-12, from respected sources like The Kennedy Center and National Geographic. To find lessons that incorporate creative drama techniques, type “drama” (no quotation marks) in the search engine in the upper right corner.
4. Creative Drama at Illinois State University. Practical, thoughtful articles on everything from “A Brief History of Creative Drama in the U.S.” to “Adapting creative drama activities for special populations” to drama lesson planning tips. Also includes a bibliography of books and articles relevant to creative drama research. An excellent, comprehensive, easy-to-use site.
5. Arts Edge, the Education resource of the Kennedy Center Top-notch lesson plans for K-12 in every subject, completely cross-referenced and easy to use, plus web links and other resources.
6. AATE, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education The major U.S. professional organization for creative drama practitioners and those in related fields. They also maintain more specialized networks for connecting teachers at elementary, middle school/junior high, and high school levels.
7. Classroom Lesson Plans Long collection of lesson plans. Use the sort function (top left) to find lessons by age level, subject, and type (e.g. narrative pantomime, role drama, games, etc.). Primarily for elementary and middle school/junior high teachers, with a few lessons appropriate for high school students.
8. www.cre8tivedrama.com/ Contains a brief, helpful summary of assessment in creative drama. The rest of the site is fine, but wordy.
9. www.learnimprov.com Many games for warm-ups, trust-building, etc. Clear instructions for each, plus it’s easy to search.
10. Drama as “Method” No lesson plans, but synopses of cross-curricular process dramas. Separate sections for elementary and middle school/junior high/high school dramas. Great for getting ideas on how to use process drama in your own work.
11. Theatre Education Literature Review Need creative drama research for grant-writing or other purposes? This annotated bibliography can point you in the right direction
12. The Creative Dramatics Cookbook Six story-based lessons for elementary level teachers. Multicultural and thoughtful.