Magic happens in the classroom when young children explore and experience Shakespeare’s drama. Early exposure to Shakespeare allows children to immerse themselves in rich literature and complex ideas at an early age. Young children are fearless when trying out new language and are able to appreciate the musicality of Shakespeare’s plays. Stepping into Drama includes:
- a series of detailed drama lessons to support a literacy program
- a narrative version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- age-appropriate production and rehearsal strategies to mount the play in a school production
- a 30-minute adapted script that has been classroom-tested with young children
Each lesson offers children opportunities to explore words, characters, and issues by listening, speaking, reading, writing, drawing, and physically expressing themselves. The adapted script keeps the rich and playful language of the original dialogue intact.
Dr. George Belliveau
Dr. George Belliveau is a professor of theatre/drama education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His scholarly and creative writing can be found in various arts-based and theatre education journals, along with chapters in edited books. He is the co-author (with Lynn Fels) of Exploring Curriculum: Performative Inquiry, Role Drama, and Learning (2008). He frequently leads drama workshops on integrating drama across the curriculum for learners of all ages.
Table of Contents
Why Shakespeare for Young Learners?
What Does This Book Offer?
Overview: How to Use This Book
Part I: Research, Curriculum Links, Assessment, Planning, and Additional Resources
Additional Resources and References
Part II: Discovering Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Using the Role Dramas
Role Drama 1: Who Art Thou Shakespeare?
Role Drama 2: Athenian Market
Role Drama 3: Character Masks
Part III: Engaging With the Story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Using the Story Version and Lessons
Lesson 1: Mighty Law of Athens and Runaway Plan
Lesson 2: A Play for Theseus’ Wedding Day
Lesson 3: Titania and Oberon Clash
Lesson 4: Spells Are Everywhere in the Wood
Lesson 5: Puck Plays in Devilish Ways
Lesson 6: Lovers Quarrel
Lesson 7: Release of Spells and All Is Well
Lesson 8: Play within the Play on the Wedding Day
Part IV: From Page to Stage: Sharing the Play Adaptation
Part V: Adapted Script: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Appendix A: Glossary of Drama Games and Strategies
Appendix B: Materials for Role Drama 1: Who Art Thou Shakespeare?
Appendix C: Materials for Role Drama 2: Athenian Market
Appendix D: Materials for Role Drama 3: Character Masks
Appendix E: Dream: A Story Version
Appendix F: Materials for Lesson 7: Young Athenians’ Journey
Appendix G: Materials for Lesson 8: Hearing the Text Activity
Appendix H: Materials for Rehearsal Considerations: Character Journal
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Adapted Script (9781926966717)