Instructional Strategies: Drama

One Minute Challenge Tableau:
Comprehension and Assessment for Learning

FOR TEACHERS GRADES K-8
LENGTH: 3 HOURS

This participatory workshop is designed to demonstrate ways to help students apply and expand their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum. Learn how to facilitate the creation of living pictures that capture a moment in time. See how this theatrical strategy can deepen comprehension and help you differentiate instruction, motivate all types of learners, and gain an instant assessment tool for use in subjects such as language arts, social studies and science. Come and see how drama can empower, educate and transform!

Prerequisite workshop: Acting Right

Text Card Tableau:
Introducing New Content Through Drama

FOR TEACHERS GRADES K-8
LENGTH: 3 HOURS

Learn how to use text as a springboard to create tableaus that help students examine the meaning of the text passages and provide teachers with instant assessment of student comprehension of specific facts, concepts, or big ideas. The strategy is also extended to introduce, reinforce and assess vocabulary.

Prerequisite workshop: Acting Right

Freeze Tag Tableau:
Constructing Understanding Through Sentence Stems

FOR TEACHERS GRADES K-8
LENGTH: 3 HOURS

Freeze Tag Tableau provides a strategy that creates tableaus that require students to be more introspective and empathetic through the use of language. Sentence stems are created by the teacher and completed by the students. The tableaus are more structured and have more of a performance “feel” than One-Minute Challenges. Freeze Tag Tableaus incorporate musical soundtracks, are created by the entire class, or individual small groups, and provide the teacher with an entry point to become comfortable taking on the role of director.


Prerequisite workshop: Acting Right

Vocabulary Tableau:
Developing and Deepening Vocabulary Through Drama

FOR TEACHERS GRADES 2-8
LENGTH: 3 HOURS

Vocabulary Tableaus are an engaging way to:

Introduce students to new vocabulary

Deepen students’ understandings of vocabulary

Help students apply their knowledge of vocabulary

Assess students’ comprehension of vocabulary

Prerequisite workshop: Acting Right


Putting Drama to the Test:
Test Prep Through Drama

FOR TEACHERS GRADES 2-8
LENGTH: 3 HOURS

In response to mandated statewide testing, this workshop combines test taking strategies with drama strategies to create an engaging, lively and successful format for preparing students for the reading tests. This innovative work builds students’ capacity to navigate testing vocabulary, deepen reading comprehension, and capitalize on the collaborative, differentiated nature of drama. This work is aligned with Common Core Standards. Piloted with classrooms over the course of a year, this work consistently proved to increase test scores, deepen learning and make studying fun!

Prerequisite workshop: Acting Right

Focus 5, Inc 2016