Dramatic Activities (for all classrooms)

Content Pantomime/Educational Charades

This exercise is a fun way to bring a class to an end or as a way to review the previous class’ lesson.  Whatever your subject, whatever your lesson for that day, you can assess your students with this fun and engaging exercise.

Process

  1. In groups, pairs, or individually, ask students to discuss and identify the three most important points or takeaways from today’s lesson.
  2. Assign your students the following task: “You have ___ minutes to prepare a presentation to the class on today’s three most important points…with some simple rules – Your presentation must be performed in silence (no talking, writing, drawing).” 
  3. Students have the amount of time you’ve given them to prepare a presentation on your lesson’s three most important points.
  4. Students present the lesson to the class.  You can have the class vote on which group made the best performance.  However, you evaluate, your students’ will have had an engaging review of your lesson’s ideas and concepts from multiple views.

Historical/Biographical Monologue

This exercise is an excellent way for students to learn about historical events or persons related to your subject area.  Tasking students with researching a specific event or person from your subject and then creating a monologue to present to your class will liven up your typical research-report-type activities and increase your students’ connection to the content.

Process

  1. In groups, pairs, or individually, assign students a historical event and person directly related to your subject area (Pythagoras, the Selma to Montgomery march, Pablo Picasso, Newton’s Law of Gravity, etc.).
  2. Give students a specific amount of time to research their event or person.  Their research should cover specifics related to your subject (who, what, when, where, why, and how).  
  3. After their research is complete, give students a specific amount of time to prepare and rehearse a monologue for their researched subject.  
  4. Students present their monologues to the class.  Allow students time for a brief Q & A with each group or individual after a presentation.