Pupils as Playwrights

Drama, Literacy and Playwriting

Paperback / softback, 208 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
1 Jun 2008
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £17.99

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This is an innovative and exciting approach to drama and to developing the literacy skills of children from the ages of 6 to 12. It is especially timely now that creativity and particularly drama is being recognised as so important in pupils' development. The book: makes explicit links between literacy, drama and the development of speaking and listening skills; presents case studies of developed process drama, noting what might be expected of children at different stages in their development; offers extensive practical exercises and activities; suggests models for planning further work; provides photocopiable material which can be used with children; and, gives advice on how to develop similar materials with pupils."Pupils as Playwrights" is for primary school teachers, particularly those who teach literacy or drama. It will also be of interest to primary teaching trainees.

  • Brian Woolland

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Dramatic writing and process drama; 3. Dialogue and voice; 4. Character and role; 5. Structure, story and narrative; 6. Meanings beyond the literal; 7. Observation; 8. Years 1 and 2: Jack and the Beanstalk; Not Now Bernard; 9. Years 2 and 3: The Pet Cellar; Voices in the Park; 10. Years 3 and 4: The Kraken; 11. Years 4 and 5: Wolves in the Walls; 12. Years 5, 6 and above: The Arrival; The Fall of Troy; Glossary of drama techniques; Photocopiable materials; Online resources and internet links; Bibliography; Index.

This well-produced book, soundly grounded in classroom practice, has a consistency and thoroughness of approach which means that it is accessible and lively to read. It is likely to inspire teachers and children and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in integrating drama into the primary curriculum - NATE Woolland provides teachers with a powerful tool to develop students' literacy skills. Teachers and prospective teachers will find this a highly useful addition to their professional library. Highly recommended for all readership levels. - Choice USA 'University and school leaders would do well to make this title prescribed reading for both primary and secondary teaching undergraduates and teaching professionals in the field. ...Highly recommended.' - Drama Australia Journal