Dramatic Inquiry – Teaching Language Arts Through ‘MacBeth’

Students built a shared imaginary space(Photo: WOSU)
  • Built working ensemble (needed deep participation, started with games, how to play together)
  • Explored language in certain passages, saying words out loud, discussing meaning
  • Students built a shared, imaginary space
  • Explored themes such as ‘valor,’ ‘worthiness,’ ‘courage’
  • Students switched roles
  • Analyzed vocabulary and character traits, oration, explored viewpoints
  • Essential question is introduced: When is killing right or wrong?

Teacher – Lorraine Gaughenbaugh, Reynoldsburg, OH, 3rd grade, 21 students