Drama Games

Dennis Jerz’s recent post on the pleasures and rewards of running a “drama game” in the classroom (in this case, teaching networking theory to advanced college students by having them play in a circle) really got me thinking. My classes are a lot of laughs, and I often try to ‘mix it up’ to keep students interested through a variety of in-class activities that I pull out of my bag of tricks (from reading passages of text out loud in lit courses to doing weird sound drills in poetry writing classes), but I don’t have students perform skits or do other dramatizations to learn lessons as often as I’d like. Or at least, I don’t think of the activities I assign as ‘drama games’ in the formal sense of the word. Drama is one of my weaknesses; I never studied many plays in college, beyond the ‘classics’ in British literary history. Because of this, my teachers rarely taught using the performative arts — and didn’t build my repertoire of models to choose from.

So I did a quick websearch to see what’s online and was surprised at the abundance of different types of drama games available for the classroom — and the realization that do I use these kind of games more often than I realize (though still not often enough). Most are applicable to very young children, and nearly all of the links are designed for K-12 learners. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not valuable as a educational strategy for college teachers, too. I can see a sing-along easily being adapted to a course in linguistic theory, for example. Anyway, here’s a sampling of some sites that I’ve only scanned and hope to return to later when I design syllabi and lesson plans:

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Michael Arnzen

Professor of English, Seton Hill University.

3 thoughts on “Drama Games”

  1. Thanks so much! I just started an actors after school group with junior high kiddos and your ideas were wonderful!!

  2. So glad to hear it, Katie! Sharing info is what it’s all about, so I’m happy you found something useful here. Anything that makes learning fun is sure to succeed. Congrats!

  3. We have just started a drama games based website and would love contributions.
    http://www.dramaGames.info is a free online educational resource, dedicated to drama games and theatre based games and exercises designed to develop skills used in performing arts aimed at teachers
    There are about 50 games on there at the minute but it looks pretty new & encourages people to add more

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