Act for Health: Using Theater to Teach Tough Teen Topics.
Drug and alcohol abuse, HIV/AIDS, suicide, and sexual abuse are just a few of the issues that young adults may be reluctant to address in a traditional classroom lesson. Writing their own drama, music, and poetry enables students to examine and share their feelings about sensitive issues in a unique and compelling way. From choosing a topic to performing for an audience, Act for Health explains how to use this creative strategy to keep students in Grades 7 to 12 interested, involved, and empowered. Every performance becomes a persuasive exercise in peer education, encouraging kids in crisis to reach out for help from their peers, parents, teachers, school administrators, or health professionals. This book presents essential information to help educators handle such disclosures in a caring and appropriate way. Over a dozen provocative monologues, rap songs, and scenes written by real students are included.