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Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher's Handbook Paperback – December 1, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0810140042 ISBN-10: 0810140047 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (December 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810140047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810140042
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Based on the best-selling book by Viola Spolin, this new CD-ROM of Theater Games for the Classroom offers the most comprehensive theater instruction for all types of students, from small children to young adults. It includes over 130 theater games and exercises, instructional strategies, video examples, a lesson planning section, alignment to other curricular areas, and alignment to California Theatre Arts standards. First developed by Spolin, the originator of modern improvisational theater techniques, these games have been tried and tested for over fifty years.
In the instructional strategies section, Spolin explains how to teach theater, from how to count off for games, to putting on a complete show.
The game file section provides a complete list of the games referenced in a variety of ways, from traditional to advanced games, alphabetically ordered, or by educational standards.
The video section provides brief video examples of the games, especially helpful for those who have never played the games. There is also a video lecture, providing tips for the beginning teacher.
The reference section provides a theater glossary, a bibliography, related web sites, and categorizes the games by curriculum, by difficulty, and by alignment to state standards.
The lesson planning section provides a calendar and game lists for selecting and printing games for each class or workshop session. The teacher can select from sure-fire running orders developed by Spolin, or they can create a list of games from scratch.
--This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.

About the Author

Viola Spolin's work in improvisation, along with her emphasis on play as a fundamental, necessary, natural human activity, have made her a central figure in the development of creative drama. Now, with this new CD-ROM, teachers can see her ideas come to life as children act them out. Since Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher's Handbook was designed for the teacher with little or no training in the theater, this CD-ROM enhances the step-by-step approach of Spolin's book.
Max Schaefer is a distinguished full-time teacher, actor, programmer, and president of Underdog Educational Software company. He studied and worked with Viola Spolin in the 1980s and has worked and studied with Paul Sills for the past two decades. He leads theater workshops around the country promoting the genius of Viola Spolin and Paul Sills, and he teaches fifth grade at Fenton Avenue Charter School. Schaefer also publishes Young Authors, a writing program that allows children to write and illustrate over 25 kinds of books. He lives in Hollywood, California.
--This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.

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Get this book, your students will thank you!
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It has great ideas to get kids engaged in classroom activities.
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I recommend it to all Drama teachers and others teachers!!!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alan on September 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a teacher of drama to many low-income, urban, and "difficult" adolescents, this is the book that I find most useful, alive, and inspiring! Simply wonderful for anyone trying to bring the best out of young actors!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Pedersen on November 9, 2006
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I teach sixth grade math, and have a group of students for an exploratory class. We talk about current events, esteem building, community building, fun non-academic skills with an emphasis on social awareness. I have been using this book for most of the year so far, and my students look forward to it,a nd ask for it. I don't have a background in theater, but this book has several premade units that have a focus on different skills. The one I am just completing focuses on community building for the group and concentration and focus for the individual. I find it easy to use, and I like the skills that it is building and reinforcing in my students. If you don't want to do a whole unit, the individual exercises and warm-ups can be set up and completed in 5-10 minutes. Great,and quick!

I strongly recommend this for any classroom!
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By "dancinqueen333" on November 23, 1999
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This book is great to use in the classroom. It is full of ideas and the students will love it. They get to play and act out things while learning, it's a great change of pace. Spolin's ideas and thoughts are very helpful. Get this book, your students will thank you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vicki on May 5, 2007
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This was on a list of suggested reading from a class I attended with Second City. I bought it hoping to use some of the ideas for my middle schoolers. There are many ideas in the book for younger kids, like songs. There are some good ideas that can be adapted into a middle school room.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By L. Husi on May 9, 2006
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I teach drama/theater in a low income public school. I bought the book because my school has very few resources and I thought this might be useful. As it turned out the book was hardly used during my first year teaching. My biggest problem with this book is that it is not very user friendly for a teacher who just wants to add some fun to a class but not a complex game. In other words the book needs to make the games simpler so the kids can pick them up faster and have more fun. This might not be problem for teachers in high school as your students might be more mature and able to handle more complex games. But for middle school teachers tread lightly. Also if you have a bunch of behavior problems in your class then forgot about it. In my experience I found the worse the behavior the better they were at spoiling fun classroom games. Be warned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John M. Janezic on June 20, 2010
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I am a fifth grade teacher in Chandler, AZ. I am also an actor as well. I am a big believer in the arts in the classroom. I purchesed this book to use with my collection of improvisation games I collected throughout the years. WOW I was blown away at the detail the book goes into for each of the games. It gives the teacher great advice as to side coach your student's performances. It also includes some great team building exercises. This is a great collection to add to any classroom. Teacher's will love it!
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36 of 49 people found the following review helpful By John M. Manship on June 1, 2000
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Spolin is a well-recognized authority on matters of this sort -- improvisation and classroom games. One of my theater professors uses this as the textbook for her class on using theater in the classroom. It's popular enough to be one of the safer buys if you're looking for this sort of thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Higdon on June 25, 2012
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This book is amazing. The activities are superb, the layout is easy to follow, and the lesson plans in the back are organized multiple ways that fit your needs. A great buy if you'll be teaching theater to any age group.
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