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This fifteen minute play (moderate or large cast depending on your needs) is suitable middle school students whether studying culture of the Native Americans, Alaskan territory or a drama class. Based on the beloved Innuit folk tale by the same
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This is a study guide for the award winning, middle grade book Bumbling Bea written by me. Note: If there is enough interest in the study guide, I will create a guide page for each chapter of the book. At this point, you are my advance readers of
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This two-day lesson on costume design is focused on circus performers (Cirque de Soleil style) and their unusual costumes. Suitable for students in grades 4 to 9, the product is broken down for two class periods, although it could be used for a one
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Creating Stories Using Jig Saw Puzzle Pieces is a fun ice breaker or warm up for your class. This activity gives students the opportunity to work cooperatively at a relaxed pace and use their creative problem solving skills. Using the jig saw
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This two-day lesson on costume design is focused on fairy tale characters. Suitable for students in grades 4 to 9, the product is broken in to two class periods, although it could be used for a one day exploration of the subject. Students will
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This play script, suitable for elementary and middle grade level students shares the themes of multiculturalism, winter, kindness and forgiveness. It is excellent for cooperative learning and very suitable for a Social Studies class as well as a
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This THREE WEEK unit includes • a lesson on the history of radio theatre, • information about Foley engineers • three links to video clips of Foleys • student created sound effect project • five links to radio play performances (some vintage and
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The Shakespeare Card Game, suitable for grades 5 to 9 contains 42 cards chock full of information-- characters, famous quotes and themes about Shakespeare's beloved play, "Romeo and Juliet". This game is perfect for a drama, Language Arts or
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This is a one week unit focused on a Japanese form of storytelling which strengthens reading, writing and performing. This unit is successful with many grade levels and classes. Broken into eight class periods, it can be adapted for several
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This exercise suitable for grades 3-9 is great for a Drama class, reading group, Language Arts, ELA or storytelling unit. Students work cooperatively, using post cards and creating a short story about someone SPECIAL (hint, hint) in their
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This parent/ student exercise is unique, quick, engaging and PERFECT for back to school. Families will enjoy sharing a memory from their summer using tableau as the springboard for the activity. Product includes: the reasons to teach tableau the
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Hi there! I am a semi-retired drama educator having taught for thirty-eight years in both the public and private sector. Whew! During this time, I created curriculum for studies in creative dramatics, creative movement, introduction to musical theatre, musical theatre, film making, technical theatre, introduction to Shakespeare, introduction to theatre as well speech and debate. In addition, I have directed over 250 plays and musicals with children and adults alike. My sister was an elementary teacher for many years as were my aunts. In the late 1800's, my fraternal grandmother was known for her strength in teaching math in the wilds of Kansas. My maternal grandmother established the first kindergarten in Osaka, Japan in the 1890's. In short, teaching is in my blood and comes to me joyfully and naturally.


Drama is a hands on class. To this end, I'm always on my feet, modeling for my students while teaching them a host of concepts. It is not unusual to hear my classroom in chortles of laughter because humor is an outstanding way to gain a student's attention. I empower students at an early age. Although I am always mindful of my learning objectives, I think it's vital for students to experiment within the confines of my instruction. I encourage students to be independent and creative thinkers. Many less confident or reluctant students benefit from my teaching methods as together we hit the challenges they encounter. I am creative, intense, driven and brave--these are three qualities I nurture in all my students and generally receive outstanding results.


I've received awards as an outstanding drama teacher (Longmont, CO Superintendent's Excellence in Educator Award), twice nominated for Outstanding Specialist through the Columbia, MO school district and thrice nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year. I was Teacher of the Month with the Columbia, Missouri Downtown Rotary. Also, I directed the Martin Luther King Diversity Celebration which was honored for excellence by the National League of Cities and National Black Caucus of Elected Officials.


I received a BFA from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and a MED from the Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. I have additional hours in education and language arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Lindenwood College. Through the Institute for Children's Literature I studied beginning and advanced writing for children and teens which is my newest passion.


I am a happily married wife of thirty-five years (who'd ever put up with me that long, I'll never know...) and mother of two grown daughters and a wonderful step son. Recently, we became a grandparents (!!!!) to the most precious granddaughter in the world. When I'm not teaching, directing, writing or reading I enjoy seeing movies and traveling. My cat wants me to mention I am her hand maiden which is undeniably true. Lastly, I'm an award winning middle grade author for my humorous middle grade book Bumbling Bea. You can find out more about me at DeborahBaldwin.net or my blog at Dramamommaspeaks.com

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