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The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

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The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five or six 50-minute class periods
Lesson Author

Maureen Carroll

Pleasanton, California


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



Process drama is a powerful and motivating teaching tool that engages students in writing for imaginative and functional purposes. In their lives, students have had a wide range of experiences with peace and conflict. In this lesson, they will participate in a simulation of a “Peace Journey” as they engage in a variety of literacy activities. Each student will respond to an imaginary advertisement, role play, work in small groups to develop a visual map, and create a skit that reflects his or her developing notions of peace. Students will then perform their skits for the class. After the class has performed, teachers may wish to lead a discussion about the students' ideas and their interpretations of the idea of “peace.”

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Schneider, J.J., & Jackson, S.A.W. (2000). Process drama: A special space and place for writing. The Reading Teacher, 54(1), 38–51.

  • Process drama involves students in imaginary, unscripted, and spontaneous scenes and is framed by curricular topics, teacher objectives, and students' personal experiences.

  • Process drama involves reading, writing, and visualization and provides a context within which students may write for functional and imaginative purposes.

  • Process drama is an instructional tool that supports literacy development and fosters students' imaginative capabilities.


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