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Jones, Chris, 1963-

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Theatre Arts


Playwriting--Study and teaching (Middle school); Middle schools--Curricula; Theater--Study and teaching (Middle school)


This document surveys the current state of Arts education nationwide and in the State of Illinois. Concentrating specifically on the realm of Theatre/Drama, a gap is discussed that exists between the role playing and experience of elementary-school Drama and the advanced Theatre production of Senior high school. This middle-school gap is caused by many factors which are discussed and analyzed. After defining the middle school and its unique adolescent population, a theatre course that combines middle-level writing techniques and playwriting elements is introduced. In it, students will not only be writing, but learning about theatre terminology, history, and personnel. It will incorporate middle-school philosophies such as cooperative learning, block-time scheduling, and student centered lessons. In conclusion, this course is shown to specifically fill the gap in the middle-school theatre education with its unique approach to playwriting. A course outline and schedule are provided in the Appendices as well as two sample lesson plans.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [38]-40)


59 pages




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