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Children's and Young Adult Literature: Drama

Drama in the classroom

"When teachers harness drama's power with accurate learning outcomes, a precise structure, and appropriate drama techniques, drama activity can become a fertile method for integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching, technology applications, and art experiences. Inside the imagined space that is drama's domain, students use their own lives and perceptions as a supply of ideas for taking on roles and through their interactions with others, dramatizing and reflecting on the experiences and circumstances which people face throughout a lifetime."

Dowdy, J. K., & Kaplan, S. (2011). Teaching Drama in the Classroom. SensePublishers.

The wîcêhtowin Theatre Program

Image Credit: Department of Drama, University of Saskatchewan

wîcêhtowin Aboriginal Theatre Program Opening Ceremonies. The wîcêhtowin Aboriginal Theatre Program launch event was held on campus Friday, Oct. 16. The eight students in the first cohort of ATP gathered a dawn to erect a tipi beside the Drama Building. After the tipi was put up, a pipe ceremony was held inside, followed by a traditional feast in the North Studio of John Mitchell. Students and their families, elders, faculty from across campus, university staff, and community members were welcomed to Drama and attended the wonderful event.

Professional reading

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A collection of six plays written for young audiences, from primary school through high school. Includes Blind Spot by Meghan Gardiner; Cranked by Michael P. Northey; Derwent is Different and Showdown by Jamie Norris; and The Invisible Girl and Tree Boy by Michele Riml.

Locating plays for children and youth

Browse the USask Library Catalogue to locate:

Children's plays

Young adult drama

Readers' theatre

Teaching resources