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New to integrating Drama?

Follow these steps and try these FREE drama lessons to guide you and your students through the process of getting started.

Begin Igniting Students' Creativity and Learning Through Drama TODAY!

1. Prepare Your Room
  1. Move the desks/furniture to the edges of the room
  2. Bring students to sit in a circle
  3. Discuss expectations for drama
  4. Review what they know
  5. Introduce today's activity

Prepare your room and students

Example of room preparation
2. Begin with a skill building lesson
  1. Teach and practice foundational drama skills (download lesson below) - use this Body Objects lesson to get students working with others.
  2. Students use their bodies to create setting and props.
  3. Use the lesson to introduce concentration, imagination, and teamwork.
Students showing skill-building lesson

Introduce new content essential to drama success

3. Add a story
  1. Now you are ready to guide your students into the heart of the art form - acting a story.
  2. Download this lesson to see how the Body Objects activity is used to dramatize a story.
Add a story to create a Drama lesson

Add a story to transform the lesson into Drama

4. Integrate Drama Across Academic Areas
Integrate Drama with other academic subjects

Connect Drama to Other Academic Content

Integrate with LANGUAGE ARTS

Integrate with SCIENCE

You CAN Integrate Drama In Your Class!

Welcome to the One-Stop DRAMA Shop, we’re so glad you visited to enhance your classroom with integrated drama lesson plans.  Above, you’ll find our four easy steps above to begin working with drama alongside your core subjects [graphic guide above best viewed on a tablet or larger screen sizes].  Join now and start your free 30 day trial. Search our site and you’ll find a trove of straight-forward lesson plans, simple activities, stories and a full curriculum appropriate for all grades and levels of teacher experience.  

Welcome, and enjoy!     –Karen


Where do I begin?

Are you a beginner or an advanced drama practitioner?  We all begin our year or first session with students learning, practicing and/or demonstrating basic skills.  Find the best Level I activity suited to your age group, proficiency level, and your outcomes.   Our hundreds of activities are designed to meet standards and assist you in addressing basic skills.  Our activities can address more than one skill, but we encourage you to focus an activity on one targeted skill, maybe two, listed with each document.   Here are some skills we recommend you consider when beginning (select any of these terms under Concepts/Skills):

  • Concentration
  • Imagination
  • Finding Personal Space
  • Moving Space Around
  • Using the Physical Body

​See our Introductory Lessons sequence for our 7 lessons for building foundational drama skills.

How do I proceed?

Think of a story where the students have a chance to apply a skill you have introduced in a skill building activity.  This can be a story you make up or a favorite piece of literature or nonfiction history or a true event from yours or the students’ lives.  We also provide stories to download (select “Stories” in your search after login).   Let the students act the story applying the skill they learned.   Skills we recommend you add as you move into story:

  • Collaboration
  • Imitation
  • Vocal Sounds
  • Story Elements
  • Planning Processes
  • Practicing Processes
  • Negotiating Processes
  • Speaking Lines

Next, look for connections to drama from other areas of the curriculum e.g. the teaching of personification in literature, transformation in science, or conflict in history.  Check out our drama big idea list to see what connects at your grade level.  If you are not ready to write your own integrated lessons or units, we have many for you to choose from at every grade level.  If you don’t see what you need, just email us and we can create one. 

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