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Role in The Middle

Role in The Middle

A thorough look at the aims and objectives of the Drama exercise, “Role-in-the-Middle”, with guidelines, examples and rationale for experienced and inexperienced drama teachers alike. The aims are to collaborate and create a new character, or flesh out an existing character. To discover or invent the rules which lead to high quality work. A character building game, where one student, or empty chair, takes the centre, representing a blank character. Around them, other students take turns to make contributions, developing the character and filling in the blanks.
obsteve
Jeremy Kyle Cue Cards Drama / English

Jeremy Kyle Cue Cards Drama / English

Jeremy Kyle Cue Cards You can use these cards to spark discussion, devising, improvisation or hot seating. Using themes, characters, relationships, and much much more as stimulus. These have been used to explore the themes and relationships in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Blood Brothers and Blue Stockings.
Jcleep
KS3 Drama theory lessons

KS3 Drama theory lessons

If like me, you lose access to your Drama studio during exams, this resource’s aim is to make sure that theory/classroom based lessons are still valuable. This includes seven lessons worth of theory activities that are based upon the expectation (yet a differentiated version of) of students at KS4 (BTEC Technical Award). The topics include: -Physical Theatre types of staging performance and vocal skills analysis of aural and physical setting (using Shrek The musical and Matilda) comparing and contrasting performance works. Each lesson has a full PP and worksheet.
hstubbs1
Improvisation task based on Beatles' song lyrics

Improvisation task based on Beatles' song lyrics

Suitable for KS2 and KS3 this drama resource is good for small groups getting to grips with the lyrics of classic Beatles’ song lyrics. Many of them tell stories which can be acted out and elaborated upon. Eg Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Obla di obla da, Penny Lane, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, Eleanor Rigby, Being for the benefit of Mr Kite, Yellow Submarine, Octopus’ Garden, etc. I used this idea with a group of adults with learning disabilities and there was so much scope for characterisation and improvisation. This could be done over several sessions. Ours culminated in a Beatles’ Day with performances before an invited audience. The resource itself is a worksheet that can be given to each group to fill in once they have chosen which song lyric is going to be their starting point for an improvisation.
actitout1
A-Grade SQA Higher Drama 'Jane Eyre' Dramatic Tension 4000 Word Essay

A-Grade SQA Higher Drama 'Jane Eyre' Dramatic Tension 4000 Word Essay

This A-grade essay explores aspects of the 2017 National Theatre tour adaptation as performed at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen. Higher Drama Essay Question: As a director, choose a character from your selected text and describe in detail five ways in which this character helps to create dramatic tension. You must use textual references from the play to help you justify your answer. Explain, in detail, five directing concepts you would use to highlight these moments of dramatic tension in a production of your selected text. These need to be related to the first part of this question. The essay is approx. 4000 words.
biggles1230
A Streetcar Named Desire Study Pack 2

A Streetcar Named Desire Study Pack 2

Pack 2 is a continuation of a resource bundle; includes notes and analysis on specific quotations from Scene 4-6 of 'A Streetcar Named Desire. Also includes -Contextual analysis Language analysis Characterisation and setting Themes that are linked to the context Useful for A Level students studying ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ either as part of coursework or as part of an exam, in the case of Y12 students. ***Pack 3 (Scene 7-9) coming soon. ***Please be sure to review my resource so I can improve on my work. Thank you. scripted
_scripted_
Drama Scene Planning Sheet

Drama Scene Planning Sheet

I use this sheet at the beginning of scene work to remind students what their scene should look like and what to include. Although I’ve mainly used this resource with Year 6-8 students, I’m sure it could be used for younger and older with some adapting. Feel free to use, adapt, change whatever suits your needs. I hope it helps!
emmaline85
Film Making Wordsearch Sheet Starter Activity Keywords Cover Drama Theatre

Film Making Wordsearch Sheet Starter Activity Keywords Cover Drama Theatre

Wordsearch Puzzle sheet of keywords on the theme of ‘Film Making’. Powerpoint so can be used on the board or printed as a worksheet. Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Can take 10 minutes or an hour, depending on which activities the students complete. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen. The idea behind these is to get students to become more literate and think independently about the words that could be used to describe the topic being taught. The repetition of the word over and over as they look for the word is useful in remembering the terms. Often the students will pick up on things that you would not normally expect!
mikedean
Knowledge Organiser for KS4 Based on Blood Brothers and Live Performance of Warhorse.

Knowledge Organiser for KS4 Based on Blood Brothers and Live Performance of Warhorse.

A KS4 Knowledge Organiser to support the OCR GCSE exam. Focusing on a set text of Blood Brothers and a live performance review of Warhorse. These skills and techniques are transferable to any live performance though. this is aid and guide students in revision and also ideal for cover lessons. A great amount of detail about the plot, stage configuration, characters, social, historical, political and cultural contexts is included to give and support students with the knowledge for Blood Brothers.
csims6
Knowledge Organiser for Greek Theatre

Knowledge Organiser for Greek Theatre

A Knowledge Organiser designed to be used for Key Stage 3 based on Greek Theatre. Challenge questions, background information, images to support this. Stage configuration and Key Drama skills and techniques all included.
csims6
Scriptwriting SOW KS3

Scriptwriting SOW KS3

A 6 Lesson SOW which explores conventions of a script. Based on Mark Whellers Drama Schemes for Playwriting and activites used within the book Students write and develop their own scripts each lesson and for HW.
ryanwillo
My name is Tom: School Production Bundle.

My name is Tom: School Production Bundle.

My name is Tom by Alan Spence explores the problems of e-safety and new technology and new media for both teenagers and adults. When Paris and Darnell are exposed, they are not the only ones. This excellent piece of theatre tells the story from both the teenage and adult perspective, while keeping the audience guessing as to how it will end. Covering everything from teenage love, friendship, school, friendship and much more… The bundle provides everything your school needs to mount your very own production; script, synopsis, poster, production notes and…an interview with playwright / director Alan Spence. Plus…It even has a 5/6 lesson unit of work which has additional scripts for students to explore the play and share their own experiences and concerns about these major issue. Plus …a production trailer to sell the production in your school… Sorry you missed the introductory discount, but still excellent value at £20.00 plus licence. Ideal for your next school production, GCSE study, Anti - Bullying week or next years Safer Internet Day 12th Feb 2019!!!
al1948uk
Comedy Sketch Script Title: THE POLITICALLY-CORRECT FOOTBALL HECKLER (BULLY)

Comedy Sketch Script Title: THE POLITICALLY-CORRECT FOOTBALL HECKLER (BULLY)

This 3-page sketch about a politically-correct heckler at a football game is perfect for older middle school and all high school kids. The heckler insults the player for his lack of skills then quickly follows up with a politically correct statement pertaining to the insult! Being a huge fan of comedy, I have studied the greatest sketches of Saturday Night Live, MAD TV, Key and Peele, Monty Python, Hugh and Laurie, The Three Stooges, Groucho Marx, and the kids’ comedy sketch show All That. Charlie Chaplin said “A day without laughter is a day wasted” so I want to pass on the love of comedy and humor to students. These sketches are fresh, witty, sarcastic, and mixed with slapstick humor and are intended to strengthen students’ drama and theater skills while enjoying humor. I ask you to please provide feedback on what you liked/disliked, and suggestions for improvement! I plan to write many, many more but would like to see what the response is first. The roles (6 minimum) in this particular sketch are: Referee with a whistle Quarterback Heckler (Bully) wearing a baseball hat Announcer 2 security officials Other football players (optional) Please contact me if you would like to record and publish your interpretation of any of these sketches and I would be very happy to work with you! Editable MS Word Doc. This lesson is student-centered, meaning: –it allows you to become a facilitator! –happier teachers! –happier students! –happier administrators!
learningisawesomewithmrsalinas
Ks3 Drama Script, 'Gamer' bundle.

Ks3 Drama Script, 'Gamer' bundle.

A Powerpoint, script and worksheet I use with lower ability year 7’s. The theme is ‘gaming’ which I find pupils enthusiastic and knowledgeable about which can build confidence. The series of Power Point lessons, includes learning objectives such as vocal, physical exercises, line learning tips, creating different video game characters, as well as a role on the wall template and ‘Character worksheet’. The bundle also includes a complete four page script, with lots of ideas for differentation, to create this Drama piece. Can be used for half a term for a higher ability class or for a full term, with a lower ability class.
Torimuffin
1984 Context (Edexcel GCSE Component 3: Section A)

1984 Context (Edexcel GCSE Component 3: Section A)

This lesson is designed to help students to apply the context of Orwell’s 1984, and Icke and Macmillan’s adaption, to their directorial vision. There is a task sheet that accompanied the PowerPoint, with a series of scaffolded tasks finishing with the students writing their introductions to Section A, Question b (i) and (ii). Lesson includes; Aims for the lesson Contextual information on Orwell’s 1984 Contextual information on Icke and Macmillan’s 1984 Discussion tasks linking to modern day events Example introductions Scaffolded tasks Student worksheet
madamtrustman
Primary Drama: Getting ready for the transition to Secondary School -  Homework Sucks!

Primary Drama: Getting ready for the transition to Secondary School - Homework Sucks!

Help your Year 6 students make the transition to Secondary School by downloading and running this lesson exploring the role of homework and the importance of meeting deadlines through Drama. At Secondary School, students often find homework an issue. From their time at Primary students will be familiar with homework but they will not be prepared for the amount of homework they will be set or the consequences of not completing their homework. This lesson uses Drama to help Year 6 students learn about the role of homework in Secondary School and how important it is to keep up with deadlines. You can easily differentiate the resource or split it up into different activities to be used alongside your own planning and resources.
keith_burt
Story-based cross-curricular resource.

Story-based cross-curricular resource.

A multi-purpose, cross-curricular set of resources based around an exciting and original story, illustrated by a Disney artist. Read the story of ‘How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land’ to your class, watch the PPT and then let your pupils design their own booklets based on the story. Differentiated for Reception - Year 2 and with a number of further cross-curricular activites, ‘How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land’ will inspire your pupils in many ways. Copies of the book are available for £6.99, with a discount on bulk orders. Email me at matthoworth@me.com for further details or orders.
Thatmatt
Blood Brothers- exploring the theme 'Nature Vs Nurture'

Blood Brothers- exploring the theme 'Nature Vs Nurture'

This lesson focuses students on the differences between the two households, including the education and the housing during the time of setting. The main task is for students to create a ‘missing scene’ from Blood Brothers, and imagine what would happen in both Edward and Mickey’s houses on the day of their 18th birthday. They need to write a script for this scene, following the same form and structure of Russell’s original script (including the narrator and perhaps challenge them with including a song!)
suzie86
Shakespeare prose versus verse

Shakespeare prose versus verse

An introduction to how Shakespeare uses verse, prose and iambic pentameter in his plays. The resource is easily edited and you can add examples from whichever play you are studying to help your students understand the importance of these techniques.
SIKLessons
Shakespearean pronouns

Shakespearean pronouns

An introduction to how the bard used pronouns to show status and relationships. The quotes used are from The Tempest but can easily be swapped for lines from other plays.
SIKLessons
The Merchant of Venice Act 1 Scene 2 - Portia's Choice (Drama Lesson)

The Merchant of Venice Act 1 Scene 2 - Portia's Choice (Drama Lesson)

A fully-resourced 1 hour drama lesson which explores the narrative of act 1 scene 2 of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and Portia’s choice of suitor. It also prompts students to consider the importance of exposition in a play. This lesson is ready to teach and easily adaptable. It includes the following: Differentiated learning outcomes Warm up task group tasks Script writing task. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
LikeAnExpert
Devising non-naturalistic drama from a stimulus - 'Ready Steady Cook' themed.

Devising non-naturalistic drama from a stimulus - 'Ready Steady Cook' themed.

This session is based around devising non-naturalistic drama, students receive a bag of drama devices/techniques, which I refer to as ingredients (reinforcing the theme), which they then have to apply to their devising process. This session has been devised for KS3 year nine (upper four), but can be delivered to level three students on courses such as OCR/BTEC Diploma’s in Performing Arts. I suggest, if you do deliver this at level three, extend the main activity, by asking students to devise with a specific practitioner in mind, for example, Artaud or Brecht. To reinforce the course level you could also ask they students to write an artist intentions document or proposal, as if they were presenting their ideas to potential funders. I’ve had lots of fun with this lesson, as has my students. Enjoy it, and don’t take it too serious! Michael
michaelthomasjenkins
Three Steps to Credible Characters

Three Steps to Credible Characters

The trio of 3 free-standing lessons aimed at KS3 and KS4 offers teachers angles and ways into encouraging the development of credible and sustainable characters who develop through stress, pressure and life’s experiences through the progress of the play or devised work. There are grids for dice thrown options of who, where, when, why and what happens, plus grids of ideas for shades of character development and a stress grid all of which build to show students how complex people/characters are.
resourceman11
Drama Literacy Mat

Drama Literacy Mat

Handy double sided resource to share with students that can be laminated or displayed in the Drama Studio. Gives keywords and an assessment ladder that is very useful for KS3 and GCSE Drama students.
plumbjoe
Character Descriptions

Character Descriptions

This is a resource that can be used in English or Drama class. It is aimed at Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. It can be used with small groups to help them focus on creating a character.
cfitz14
A years worth of Class Assembly Scripts

A years worth of Class Assembly Scripts

6 Scripts included....Have your whole year's assemblies ready to go....no more stressing over every half term. Links to songs and lyrics included. Appropriate for year 2 -y 6. Enjoy your free time!
frazert2
Merchant of Venice lesson bundle

Merchant of Venice lesson bundle

This bundle contains: * A detailed knowledge organiser containing key quotes, facts about Shakespeare and a character summary! * Merchant of Venice character revision poster/study cards. * A detailed lesson introducing the characters and themes of the play (including all teacher instructions). * A detailed lesson introducing act 1 scene 1 of the play focusing on the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio. * A detailed lesson exploring anti-Semitism and Shylock's portrayal in act 1 scene 3. * An engaging lesson exploring Jessica's character in act 2 scene 3. * A drama lesson exploring act 1 scene 2 (Portia's choice) * A drama lesson exploring the isolation of Shylock in act 1 scene 3 * Detailed character profiles of the five main characters: Antonio, Bassanio, Shylock, Jessica and Portia. * A worksheet to extend analysis of act 2 scene 8 and the portrayal of Shylock. * A worksheet for students to independently analyse Shylock's monologue in act 3 scene 1. * A Shakespeare pub-style quiz with 40 questions about the Bard! Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
LikeAnExpert
School Drama from Devised Drama

School Drama from Devised Drama

For the teacher ready to experiment with a school show from student devised material, this has a detailed introduction followed by 12 sections with tips, ideas and frameworks for devising and working up productions on themes, including the 1960s, characters, practitioners, local history, teenage angst, the generations, messages, literature, TV and film and ground-breaking ideas.
resourceman11
Brighton Rock | Pilot Theatre Resource Pack with Workshop Exercises

Brighton Rock | Pilot Theatre Resource Pack with Workshop Exercises

Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal present a brand new adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic noir thriller Brighton Rock, written by Bryony Lavery, directed by Esther Richardson, with new music by the composer Hannah Peel. This is a great show for all Key Stage 4 and 5 students with strong links to literature and performing arts. It will be a brilliant opportunity for students of Drama and Performing Arts at GCSE, BTEC or A level to experience cutting edge contemporary live theatre. It is an ideal fit as a companion to studying the original novel story by Graham Greene. The pack includes text and video interviews with the creative team, an introduction to the author and text, workshop exercises, rehearsal photography, and links to online resources to enable students to gain an insight into the process of developing the work from page to stage. It is a fast paced narrative explored by an innovative contemporary theatre company. The fearless young protagonists in the play are overseen by the menacing Dark Angels and brought to life by Bryony Lavery’s gritty dialogue. The play is underscored by a vibrant, original soundtrack composed and performed by Hannah Peel. Workshops are available throughout the tour. Contact Pilot at or 01904 635755 for more information. Resource pack created by Bev Veasey and designed by Sam Johnson. Photography by Ben Pugh and Sam Johnson.
PilotTheatre
Storytelling and Shadow Puppets - A  Drama SOW aimed at Y7

Storytelling and Shadow Puppets - A Drama SOW aimed at Y7

This SOW is based on 5 lessons, but could be extended if need be. It is based on using narrative poems in drama, first with physical drama, then with shadow puppets. Each group in a class is given a poem to work on, culminating in a shadow puppet performance in the last lesson. Some poems may not have enough characters who are referred to in the text itself (The Raven, for example), but the students usually use their imagination to incorporate ghosts or other creatures into the story! The poems included are as follows: Cinderella - Roald Dahl (for a whole class task in the first lesson) The Raven - Edgar Allen Poe Little Red Riding Hood - Roald Dahl The Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll The Walrus and the Carpenter - Lewis Carroll Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Roald Dahl Three Little Pigs - Roald Dahl Obviously, any narrative poems could be used for this SOW. I chose ones that suited the students at my school but there are many out there that could also be suitable. One of the homework tasks asks students to watch a version of the poem their group have been assigned on youtube. I have included a document with suggested links. Any problems, please contact me.
MusicFairy
OCR GCSE Drama Concept Pro-Forma Guidance Booklet

OCR GCSE Drama Concept Pro-Forma Guidance Booklet

Here is a detailed guidance booklet for the OCR 'Presenting and Performing Texts' unit of the GCSE Drama qualification. Having recently had the examiner visit our school for this unit (former chief examiner David Cross I might add!) it was mentioned that the centre's concept pro-formas were particularly strong and effective. I have further updated and improved this booklet based on his feedback, so you can be sure that this has exactly what your visiting examiner will be looking for! This booklet covers all the questions on the concept pro-forma individually. For each question: * Students are given a breakdown of what the question is asking them to do, along with detailed guidance on how best to tackle the question * Top Tips for each question, along with suggested activities they can do to help them successfully prepare for the questions * Detailed exemplars (in this booklet I use DNA as the exemplar text) for each and every question in order to model strong responses. This is everything your students need to successfully tackle the pro-forma and to make the best possible impression with the visiting examiner! Buy in confidence from a TES recommended gold author!
ajs12345