Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  


William Shakespeare (Poetry Foundation, 2015)


Research has indicated that the dramatization of the action of a story has a positive effect on language development and student achievement in oral and written story recall, writing, and reading (Cox, 2012). Incorporating drama in English instruction enables students to become involved in the story and bring the plot to life through group readings and performances. Either by watching plays or engaging in dramatic performances, students are involved in a multi-sensory experience that enables them to connect with a text on a much deeper level (Cox, 2012).


The following lessons detail strategies that can be used with plays and performances to help students develop greater comprehension and vocabulary acquisition.