Rebeca Wallin


Excellent, Young Adult, Margaret F. Johnson, Drama Teaching

Document Type

Book Review


Relying on her 37 years of experience teaching drama in high school, Margaret Johnson doles out her wisdom in The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2. The book is most useful for first year teachers, especially teachers without a degree in theatre who have been assigned to teach the drama class at their school. Still, the practical advice will spark ideas in more experienced teachers. Basic procedures and ideology for a drama classroom are laid out in detail with samples (available for use,) for letters to parents, course management and grading systems. Johnson also supplies eight units to fill the school year: Improvisation, Technical Theatre, Choral Reading, Mime, Stage Fighting, Solo and Duo Acting Activities, Monologues, and Writing a Show. The appendix includes all grading rubric, tests, handouts and some script examples.