Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Although much has been written on the ways drama can be used in the English classroom, little has focused on the teaching of poetry using dramatic techniques. This paper provides a thirty-lesson creative drama unit for teaching poetry to high school students. The first three chapters introduce creative drama, review current research, and detail the background of the lessons. The bulk of the paper is contained in the fourth chapter, the lessons themselves. The early lessons introduce students to improvisation, poetry writing, spontaneity, and in-class performance. These skills are refined and used in later lessons to teach areas of poetry, including sound devices and poetic meter and structure. Specific poems are provided for each lesSon In the final lessons the students use their own knowledge and their ability to perform to create original dramatic presentations based upon poetry they themselves have chosen.
Creative; Drama; High; Lessons; Playing; Poetry; School; Senior; Students; Teach; Techniques; Utilizing
Language arts; Theater
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Lawton, John Brooks, "Playing with poetry: Lessons utilizing creative drama techniques to teach poetry to senior high school students" (1990). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 97.
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