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Theatre in Motion Leslie Fanelli Special
Theatre in Motion Leslie Fanelli Profess
Theatre in Motion Leslie Fanelli Special
Leslie Fanelli Theatre in Motion Special
2 Special Needs Professional Development
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This self-paced, online Professional Development course is intended for teachers and educational staff, plus parents and administrators who work with populations with Special Needs, of any age.  In addition, people from other career circles may find this course useful. Online participants will acquire skills in conducting creative drama and music activities that expand students' Emotional Intelligence as interpreted By Theatre in Motion, which is improved: communication, cooperation, self-esteem, respect of others, and a sense of fun!  Applicable academic content can be easily utilized.  


FREE FOR ALBANY STAFF Simply enjoy the site, no assignments necessary.


In addition to Emotional Intelligence activities, included are Universal Design for Learning, 

Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, National Core Arts Standards, and lesson plans.


What is Creative Drama?

A definition:  It is comprised of many theatre activities that do not require a formal script and memorizing lines.  Music is often included.  Fun group activities foster EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.

Multiple Intelligences

Study of The Theory of Multiple Intelligences and how it relates to creative drama and music. 


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Overview

A synopsis of UDL and glossary of theatre terms that will appear in an ensuing UDL Chart.  

UDL Checklist Chart 

Detailed strategy options, applicable to the three brain networks of UDL construct: Recognition, Strategic, Affective.  National Core Arts Standards included.


Project One: Examine Your Own Learning

Self examination of cognition via the UDL Networks and Multiple Intelligences.


Suggested Stories for Creative Drama 

Several enduring tales that lend themselves to creative drama and music activities.  

Lesson Plan I: A Theatrical Poetic Sign Performance

An inspired sign performance that utilizes American Sign Language with broad, dynamic, theatrical expression.  

Lesson Plan II: “Stone Soup”

The traditional story “Stone Soup” with tangible food props, plus a few imaginary items.  

Lesson Plan III: “Abiyoyo”

The story “Abiyoyo” with all intangible, imaginary props.  Based on the story by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger.  

Lesson Plan IV: The Magic Clay

With pretend clay (sometimes augmented with sounds, music, or art), everyone creates characters, animals, machines, or scenarios.  

Lesson Plan V: Acrostic Poetry

Creation of poetry that features a vertical line of words derived from the first letters of a person's name, followed by derivative visual art.  Creative Drama tableaux ensue.  

Lesson Plan VI: The Geology Machine Improvisation

The geology of the New Jersey/New York City area (Northeastern United States) from 550,000,000 years ago to the present.  Other scientific "stories" also work for this Machine Improvisation.

Final Assignment, Project Two: Create Lesson Plans

The previous lesson plans serve as templates.

Resources, 4 Quizzes, and an Assessment Rubric

Included are a collection of resources, as well as four self-graded quizzes, and a Rubric Assessment to be used for assignment evaluations.


If you wish, you can contact instructor Leslie Fanelli at  Please

write "Online Drama Interest" in the Subject Line.   

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