Magazine article Curriculum Review

Theater Activities Help Emotionally Challenged Kids: Grades 5-9

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Theater Activities Help Emotionally Challenged Kids: Grades 5-9

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Students can find a positive outlet for openly discussing the issues that come from dealing with an emotional or behavioral disability when they participate in The Drama Discovery. Curriculum: Biblio-therapy and Theater Games for Students with Emotional/ Behavioral Challenges (Pro>Active Publications: 1148 Elizabeth Avenue, # 2, Lancaster, PA 17601; 717-2901660;

Author Shellie Hipsky, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of education at Robert Morris University. Her theater background includes teaching drama at an International Baccalaureate Academy, and serving as the director of education for the Gemini Theater. She also recently served as an assistant principal in charge of curriculum and supervision at a school for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities. In the following excerpt, Dr. Hipsky shares several improvisational scene prompts to be performed in pairs.

Partner Improv

Objective: The students will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform improvisational scenes by engaging in a dialogue.

Procedures: Discuss as a whole group improvisation, character development and objectives of a scene. The scenes will be distributed to the students in pairs. The students will perform dialogue scenes based on the scenarios. Discuss the way that the characters reacted to the various situations.

Extension: The scene can be used as a prompt for creative writing.

Materials: Partner Improv pages

Assessment: Student Performance/Acting Rubric from The Drama Discovery Curriculum, or create one to meet your needs at

The Scene: Two teenage friends are enjoying themselves at a party when one of them notices the time. It's past midnight.

First Character's Objective: You promised your parents that you'd be home by 12. …

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