Playing a Part: Drama and Citizenship

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Trentham, 2002 - Education - 160 pages
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Drama is direct and immediate and this book shows how effectively it can be used to support Britain's new curriculum subject of Citizenship Education, by putting students in someone else's shoes. It provides inspiration and guidance to teachers and youth group leaders for enabling secondary school students and youth groups to develop their skills for democracy: their oracy, nonverbal communication, listening, debating and public speaking.

A section on using plays covers theater trips, visiting company performances, and using drama texts. Examples of drama exercises follow, including students devising and sharing from their own experiences, improvisation, drama games and working in role. The book includes the text of the authors own brief play "Making a Difference" and this is used as a case study to illustrate ways for students to enhance their understanding of government and engage directly with politicians.

Playing a Part is for use in secondary schools and out-of-school activities, and in youth work. Drama and English teachers and teachers of Citizenship will find it a powerful and supportive resource. Carrie Supple has contributed a chapter on Citizenship Education.

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Danny Braverman is Director of Dramatic Changes and Associate Director (Education and Training), Theatre Royal in Stratford East, London.

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