Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for Teaching thru Dramatic Play$29.95, Paperback
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Introducing drama to the learning experience is guaranteed to enrich a child's development, and is an especially effective approach for children with special educational needs, including those with autism spectrum disorders. This book offers teachers simple theatrical techniques that enhance students' learning and encourage artistic expression.
The author demonstrates how dramatic play doesn't have to be restricted to drama lessons and can be applied to a diverse range of school subjects and recreational settings. 'The Little Red Hen', for example, covers themes that are relevant to literacy (rhyming and rhythm), maths (counting seeds), science (discussing farming), and art lessons (designing costumes).
Step-by-step lesson plans take teachers through every aspect of running fun and engaging story dramas, including warm ups, movement, songs and props. Handy tips throughout suggest ideas for developing the plays further and ways to adapt them according to the needs of the group.
This book will be an essential and comprehensive guide for anyone interested in drama as an educational tool in inclusive or special needs settings.