Using ideas and activities already tried and tested in the classroom, this book shows practitioners how imaginative drama lessons and activities can be used to help encourage and improve children's writing, speaking and listening skills. Perfect for the person who might not be used to leading drama-based activities, this book takes a step-by step approach that will help even the most daunted teacher tackle drama with confidence. Also included are: " ideas for suitable writing and drama activities; " advice on lesson planning; " list of useful resources; " examples of children's work and teachers' comments. Class teachers, teaching assistants, literacy consultants and drama and English co-ordinators looking for practical, fun drama activities to support literacy will find all the help they need in this book.

Introduction: How to Use This Book

Introduction: How to use this book

How and Where Do I Begin to Use This Book?

Begin with your own ongoing work. The book is intended to dovetail with your present and future curriculum planning. Think of drama as an active learning process that will help you deliver literacy in an exciting and economic way. If you're intending to set the class a writing task with specific learning objectives then ask yourself, Which drama strategy can I use to help the class achieve those objectives effectively?

All strategies have the potential to increase the motivation for children to want to write.

Particular strategies help with particular areas of writing. For example hot seating helps character description. Space building will stimulate the class to ...

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