Making Curriculum Pop


Making Drama POP!

A group for people interested in making drama come to life in the classroom! BTW - The photo is from SCTV (the Canadian Second City Comedy Review on TV in the early 80s.)

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Latest Activity: Jun 21, 2019

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Comment by Terisa King on November 18, 2012 at 3:13pm


Do not stop or pass GO~ directly to Folger's Shakespeare Library!  Sign up for the Educator's online newsletter and order Shakespeare Set Free, use the activities for any type of text.  My students do well when I give them the language in small snippets and have them walk around and state the line to other students then exchange lines and repeat (sort of a musical chairs type game)  Once they are familiar with 5 or 6 lines...we read the script or text.

I have used the Set Free techniques with Canterbury Tales, The Crucible, Sonnets, and grammar instructions, definitions ect.... Using now with  children's books as a pre-writing technique. The Giving Tree, Nothing happens on 90th Street and The Secret World of GrownUps work great in a 9th grade ELA classroom


Comment by Melissa on November 17, 2012 at 10:21am
Thanks for your quick reply Ryan! I am still trying to figure out how to use the website so I appreciate the tip. I will follow the link and post on crowd source. Thanks
Comment by Ryan Goble on November 17, 2012 at 10:12am

Hi Melissa! Great question. Unfortunately, things like this - when posted on the wall - tend to get buried / lost. For that reason do consider re-posting the question up above us in the discussion forum as a crowdsource question. That way you have a dedicated URL and I can share your ? on a Crowdsource Tuesday!


Comment by Melissa on November 17, 2012 at 7:25am
Hi all! I teach drama at a high school level. I was hoping you can share any fun activities we can do using minimal scripts
Comment by Ryan Goble on January 20, 2012 at 1:01pm

Hi Kim - yes this group is not as jumping' as the other ones but do consider copying and pasting your question up above into the discussion forum (As a CS question). I don't know that people know about this group so much but if we we can broadcast your question it might bring some more drama folks into the fold. Stuff on the wall gets lost over time but CS questions have URLs (hence they can be shared with a wider audience). 

Comment by Kim Wildman on January 19, 2012 at 9:17am

Thanks, Fred. Looks interesting for my la students.  My drama kids would smell a rat ("this isn't language arts class, Mrs. W")!

Comment by Fred Mindlin on January 17, 2012 at 11:12pm

Hi Kim, I'm happy to see some activity, too. I work as a consultant with middle and high school students in Santa Cruz County, and have several video and digital media related projects underway. The most exciting is a collaboration with Make Magazine and the Maker Faire around writing that comes out of do-it-yourself type project work. There's a handout from a workshop we did here:

Here's your notlong URL:

Cheers, Fred

Fred Mindlin
Associate Director for Technology Integration
Central California Writing Project

"Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don't know what to do."--John Holt

"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost."–-J.R.R. Tolkien

Comment by Kim Wildman on January 17, 2012 at 10:00pm

Just happened on this group, which doesn't look like it's too active but I'll take a shot.  I'm a middle school language arts and drama teacher(elective, not production)--anybody else out there?  I'd love to talk drama issues...have a million of them. Big one for me is the struggle to find middle school appropriate material (high interest, easy reading level). Suggestions? 

Comment by Lindsay Lombardi on February 8, 2010 at 6:49am
I saw it in New York....the young male dancer was unbelievable, however I didn't love the music. On the other hand it was a very interesting way of telling the story of the mining strikes and Margaret Thatcher so it would be great in World History.
Comment by Ryan Goble on February 6, 2010 at 8:15am
Jeff, I waked by the theatre yesterday :) I have no idea - but the film is pretty cool :)

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