Dramatic Inquiry

Dramatic Inquiry is a series of six learning modules demonstrating how techniques such as role playing, movement, and active listening are used in the classroom to explore complex ideas and problems. The series includes an introduction to dramatic inquiry; demonstrations of the key steps—ignition, inquiry and illustration; and applications of dramatic inquiry in science, social studies and language arts.

Videos in This Series

Teaching Bio-Ethics Through Dramatic Inquiry

Subject: the ethics of transplants

Dramatic Inquiry – Teaching Language Arts Through ‘MacBeth’

Essential question is introduced: When is killing right or wrong?

Dramatic Inquiry – Illustration

Knowledge is gained when the students reflect upon the role-playing

Dramatic Inquiry – The Inquiry Phase

In its simplest form, inquiry might mean a student explains a new insight

Dramatic Inquiry – Introduction

Dramatic inquiry explores many characters, and how they interact, how themes emerge from the interaction

Dramatic Inquiry – Ignition

In its simplest form, inquiry might mean a student explains a new insight. More complexly, there could a lengthy discussion/debate by many students, such as: which patient might get a needed organ transplant?