In this easy DIY manual, teachers with little to no theater experience can teach theater skills to their students that boost esteem, confidence, and creativity. This step-by-step school edition was designed with teachers in mind. Each lesson has two short activities, an enrichment game and a true story of children in theater. Just open the book and begin!
The book focuses on Voice Control, Creative Movement, Expression, Concentration, Imagination, and Stagecraft. Those teaching from the pages do not have to be thespians to manage the games and activities. Children do not have to go on to a life on the stage to benefit from the skills learned. There are lifelong lessons such as being a good audience member, which is what most of us will be most of the time; learning to speak up, which is necessary when delivering an oral report or a report to a committee; and acting confident, such as in a job interview. Appendix A is "Why Teach Theater" and lists studies and resources on the difference theater can make.
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