Using Dramatic Arts in the Language Arts Classroom is full of hands-on, ready-to-use activities, along with ideas for developing many more. These activities offer countless opportunities for sheltering English for English language learners as well as for scaffolding academic content for all students. The highlighted strategies are specifically recommended for primary, intermediate, or secondary classrooms, although many can be adapted for any level of the K-12 curriculum and for multiple levels of English proficiency, from beginning English learners to native English speakers.
Explanations and detailed guidelines for using the following strategies, adapting them for multiple grade levels, and extending them into a variety of classroom contexts are included:
Sound Effect Stories – Storytelling with Pantomime –
Wordless Books – Puppetry – Sound Sequence Stories – Folktale Dramatizations – Improvisation – Choral Reading –
Readers Theater – Greek Chorus – Aromas to Evoke Mood
This 39 page file contains bonus items, which include a six page listing of additional teaching resources, and summary charts on how to shelter and scaffold instruction.
All material has been excerpted from ENGAGE The Creative Arts: A Framework for Sheltering and Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners, by Sharon Adelman Reyes
“With Engage the Creative Arts, we are entering a new era in language instruction. This book vastly expands the options for providing second language students with what they really need: input that is both comprehensible and highly interesting, so interesting that students forget it is in another language. It is sure to make teaching second languages not only much more pleasant than current approaches, but also much more effective.”
— Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California, and Inventor of Sheltered Subject Matter Teaching.