Improvisational theater for engaging middle school classrooms: Entering the adolescent stage right

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Abstract

Adolescence can be a time of strife, and might even be described metaphorically as a form of oppression over those living through it. Oppression leads to feelings of powerlessness and apathy, which explains why some middle schoolers might benefit from classroom experiences that help them reclaim power over oppression. Humor provides a means of resistance through which oppressed adolescents can express themselves, and improvisational comedy is a tool that teachers can use in their lesson delivery to inject humor. This chapter explains why improvisational theater is an effective way to create engaging middle school classrooms and provides improvisational games for classroom use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPromoting Positive Learning Experiences in Middle School Education
PublisherIGI Global
Pages87-105
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781799870678
ISBN (Print)9781799870579
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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