December Resource Highlights


December is fast approaching, and most of us are looking for some great new (or great old-but-forgotten) strategies to breathe some much-needed life into our classrooms. We dug through the Resources and pulled out four fantastic Dance and Drama strategies that you can use in your classroom today!

Remember that all of these, and hundreds more, are located right here under the Teaching Resources tab. Many of them are available to anyone, but CODE Members get full access to all resources, including Workshop notes from CODE Conferences dating back to 2010. If you're not a member, you can join today. 


Character Dances

This lesson has the students envelop the personality of one of the characters through dance movements, and shows, through demonstration, how they perceive that character to move in a variety of events.



An improvisational convention in which students stand in a circle or walk in a line, shoulder to shoulder, following a leader, and spontaneously or sequentially drop out of the line to create poses to mirror and then modify an aspect of the shape and/or movement. The shapes can reflect the themes, issues, ideas, or characters being explored.


“True” Tales - Dramatic Monologues

After hearing a familiar fairy tale told from an unconventional point of view, students choose other fairy tales and write dramatic monologues in role, from an unconventional point of view re-telling that story


Improv Fundamentals

An unscripted, unrehearsed drama spontaneously created by a student in response to a prompt or an artefact. See also prepared improvisation.