No Series: Learning Language Through Drama

Learning Language Through Drama

Lesson Objective: Explore the elements of movement
Grades 9-12 / Art / ELL

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What strategies does Ms. Ellis use to promote English language development?
  2. How does Ms. Ellis use the completed posters as a teaching tool?
  3. What can you learn from Ms. Ellis about assessment?

9 Comments

  • Private message to john delacruz

Ms. Ellis uses strategies such as Team Building Skills, Cooperation Skills, and Drama/Dancing related skills that build confidence and good listening skills. I like how Ms. Ellis gives directions and uses her body, hand gestures and facial expressions to help her communicate with her ELLs.

She uses posters to help them understand how to identify different emotions, and later uses them as a learning tool in the classroom and as future reference.

Assessment for learning these dramatic techniques are used such as student-friendly targets, so they can feel success early on, and not feel that the lesson is too difficult to approach. So, in essence, Ms. Ellis is using assessment as something "doable" so that students can feel more in charge of their learning.

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  • Private message to Kortney Wright

 I love the use of drama. This is a great way to engage students and reach different learning styles.

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  • Private message to Linda Reule
Using drama is a great way to help the students express and define words through actions. The social-emotional aspect of this activity is also important because it creates collaboration and team effort by small groups. This allows shy or hesitant students to participate. I really like the use of the posters and word charts to help the students reinforce emotional terminology in order to make language and literacy connections.
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  • Private message to ana maria acosta
Thanks Ms Ellis! Great job! The use of drama makes the lesson memorable and besides it caters for different learning styles. I am looking forward to seeing more videos like this one!
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  • Private message to John Chang
It's so useful and powerful method of learning through drama. Thanks so much for Ms. Ellis to share such wonderful video. For many reasons that teaching through drama is not easy to learn by text or book but after we have a chance to watch the video of drama in class, everything will become clear. I hope we can learn more from drama and Ms. Ellis. Looking forward to seeing more video like this, thank you!
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