A clear connection to the arts, drama is a big attraction for students of all ages. Plays, performance, set designs, choreographies, musicals, and great works make wonderful additions to schools. Drama is easily connected to Language Arts as many plays are written by diverse authors or are about diversity in some fashion. It allows students the creativity to be unique, to learn about another culture, and to meet state standards for that subject matter.
How can schools and teachers engage students in drams and diversity together? Below are a few tips and suggestions for doing just that.
- Choose plays that are filled with diversity. Encourage students to choose roles to assume that they wouldn’t ordinarily choose.
- Look for a wide variety of drama to expose students to: plays, musicals, dramatic readings, etc.
- Incorporate drama into regular class activities.
- Have major school-wide productions for students to be a part of.
- Explore the settings of a play, as these are usually very cultural.
- Study the playwrite. Write biographies. Learn what the characters in the play might be like, based on the settings.
- Allow students to find appropriate costumes or wardrobe for the roles they play. Research what the characters might be wearing.
- Encourage positive social interactions amongst students during rehearsals that allow students to connect with one another and learn of culture firsthand.
- Bring in guest performers or go on a class field trip to a production.
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