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Fantasy Roleplaying (6-8 Hours)

Fantasy Roleplaying (6-8 Hours)

Personally, I’m a big fan of role-playing games and miniature games so I decided to incorporate some of those elements into a unit of work I’ve done with my low-ability English group around Fantasy Fiction. This will allow students to create their own character and then go on their own adventure as a group working together to complete a quest and defeat stereotypical fantasy enemies. The story and enemies are lead and controlled by the class teacher, and this best works with smaller groups of around 4-6 students. The lessons focus on: Problem solving skills Addition & subtraction Dice probability Team-working skills Role-playing Setting description and visualization Creative writing If you are familiar with how Dungeons & Dragons works then this should all be very familiar with you. There is also a free campaigned provided which is already readily available for free elsewhere (ignore the statistics and number in it, I just used it purely for the story element), you are also free to write your own campaign. All you need to get your hands on are some 6 and 20-sided dice. There are also many places on the internet already where you can simulate this dice rolls. Enjoy, we had a right laugh doing this and then were really engaged!
christiangh93
Teaching Thought Tracking

Teaching Thought Tracking

Thought tracking allows an audience to have direct access to a characters thoughts and ideas. On one level, thought tracking speaks the inner thoughts of a character, but is can also be used to provide a contrast between what is said and what is thought.
drewwilsonHK
Teaching Freeze Frames

Teaching Freeze Frames

Freeze frames are an excellent way of exploring an idea, emotion or theme. Emphasis is placed upon the Drama Medium – Space, Levels, Body Language, Gesture, and Facial Expression. Each element of a freeze frame should help to draw dramatic focus and have an effect upon an audience.
drewwilsonHK
Teaching Cross Cutting

Teaching Cross Cutting

Cross-cutting can be a highly effective way of drawing attention to a significant theme, idea or emotion. It allows for a non-linear presentation of events in order to highlight them, or use them as a comparison.
drewwilsonHK
Teaching the Use of Metaphor and Motif

Teaching the Use of Metaphor and Motif

A drama lesson to help student place a central metaphor into their devised performances. This helps add a deeper meaning and more sophisticated . The Story Structure plan helps to provide an effective timing for the metaphor.
drewwilsonHK
Fame and Candle In The Wind

Fame and Candle In The Wind

The ballad Candle In The Wind by Elton John and Bernie Taupin is about the effects of fame and Marilyn Monroe. But the writers said that it could be about anyone who has had their life cut short through fame. The same song was then re-written and played during the funeral of Princess Diana. This lesson uses drama to explore these same themes of how society glorifies fame and immortalises the famous. This is a perfect resource for Key Stage 3, to help students at this level understand and appreciate the themes of this complex ballad in a creative and accessible way.
keith_burt
The Velveteen Rabbit 2017/18 - Teacher Resource Pack

The Velveteen Rabbit 2017/18 - Teacher Resource Pack

This pack is to support teachers in exploring the production ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, an adaptation of the iconic children’s book, for working with children in Years 1 - 4. It contains interviews with the director, one of the actors, images of the set design by James Button, and practical drama activities that explore themes and ideas in the play.
Unicorntheatre
Othello - Secondary Teacher Resource Pack

Othello - Secondary Teacher Resource Pack

This pack is to support teachers in exploring the production ‘Othello’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play for working with children in Years 4 - 8. It contains an interview with the director and practical drama activities that explore themes and ideas in the play.
Unicorntheatre
Othello - Primary Teacher Resource Pack

Othello - Primary Teacher Resource Pack

This pack is to support teachers in exploring the production ‘Othello’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play for working with children in Years 4 - 8. It contains an interview with the director and practical drama activities that explore themes and ideas in the play.
Unicorntheatre
Laika - Teacher Resource Pack

Laika - Teacher Resource Pack

This pack is to support teachers in exploring the production ‘Laika’, working with children in Years 2 - 6. It contains an interview with the directors and practical drama activities that explore themes and ideas in the play.
Unicorntheatre
Beowulf - Teacher Resource Pack

Beowulf - Teacher Resource Pack

This pack is to support teachers in exploring the production ‘Beowulf’, a reimagining of the Old English epic poem, with students. It contains context around the myth & the poem, interviews with the writer and composer, and practical drama activities that explore themes and ideas in the play.
Unicorntheatre
Beginners - Teacher Resource Pack

Beginners - Teacher Resource Pack

This pack is for teachers working with children in Year 4 and above. It contains ideas for classroom activities to explore ‘Beginners’, including an interview with writer and director Tim Crouch, and practical drama activities that explore themes and ideas in the play.
Unicorntheatre
Dramatic Comedy Genre: An Introduction

Dramatic Comedy Genre: An Introduction

A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which offers an introduction to the study of dramatic comedy as a genre (most likely useful with the study of Shakespeare). The lesson offers visual and practical tasks for pupils to work through in order to explore and begin to understand the concept of comedy as a genre. The activities should take one lesson, but may take two. There is also an opportunity for pupils to apply their learning to an extract from Shakespeare’s ‘Much ado About Nothing’ at the end. This PowerPoint will be most useful with higher-level GCSE students aiming for grades 7,8 and 9 in their study of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’, enabling them to explore method and genre as they read, which will help in their reaching higher levels in the examination. Could be adapted for aspiring grade 6 students. The PowerPoint might also be used as a starting point for A Level English Literature students although further reading and research will be necessary. It will certainly aid less able A Level students who benefit from visual and practical tasks, and discussion (I have used a version of this PowerPoint as a starting point with an AS group for coursework under an old spec).
englbee
GCSE Drama Component 2 Devising Unit of work

GCSE Drama Component 2 Devising Unit of work

Powerpoint with lesson activities to take a Y10 GCSE class through the full devising process, aimed at AQA GCSE Drama. Using the stimulus Childhood, the scheme looks at many ways of interpreting a stimulus, generating material, refining the piece, peer assessment and then polishing a piece of Drama. This powerpoint will give you a focus for every lesson in the devising process. All you will need to add is a selection of images for the students to respond to.
carolynbooth
10 Minute Bullying Play, Primary school Stage Playscript.

10 Minute Bullying Play, Primary school Stage Playscript.

**** STAGE PLAY VERSION **** This is a tried and tested Script, created for a after-school drama club. It was performed by a mixture of Lower and Upper KS2 children. It would be perfect for a Drama Club or PSHE project. It also highlights ‘first days’ and transition along with sibling and peer relationships. It has an appropriate ending to promote ‘doing the right thing’ and forgiveness I give permission for the names and genders to be changed to suit the group performing. Please leave a review to help others thinking of purchasing.
rosie_m
Pack of 5 Drama Games/Activities

Pack of 5 Drama Games/Activities

These are good warm up games or class activities. Each game teaches a different drama skills and the games are brightly printed so could be displayed. Please leave a review for others.
rosie_m
Detectives! Drama Activity/Warm up Game

Detectives! Drama Activity/Warm up Game

This is a good warm up game. It encourages the children to move, follow instructions and use senses.The game is brightly printed and could be displayed. Please leave a review for others and check out my pack of 5 games for £2
rosie_m
English GCSE Narrative Techniques in Disney Films (useful for Drama too)

English GCSE Narrative Techniques in Disney Films (useful for Drama too)

We all know that teaching sophisticated terminology can be really dull, so I decided to teach my class 18 top terms using Disney (and other family films). This will take 2 lessons, unless you skip some parts of the clips, or don’t complete them all. Included is the powerpoint that contains a starter and all the answers for the students (and yourself beforehand), whilst the worksheet contains the definitions for later revision and the space to conduct the quiz format lesson. I teach these terms by first having students read the terms and definitions aloud in class and clear up any misunderstandings. I then open the YouTube playlist and put it on shuffle. The students should write on their worksheets in pencil and should write the name of the film next to the technique that they think is present in the clip. You can choose to reveal the answers as you go through or all at the end… Normally, I do it all at the end because students change their answers after seeing a clip like Finding Nemo and realising that Dory and Marlin are foils of each other. Unfortunately, you will need internet for this lesson as YouTube is a central part, and as the playlist I have made is on YouTube, I cannot promise that videos won’t randomly stop working. I would double check these before doing the lesson, but you have all the answers and can search the same video on YouTube otherwise. Lastly, use the two Lion King videos together, one shows Scar killing Mufasa, and the other shows him blaming Simba (DRAMATIC IRONY OR WHAT?!)
Charlie925
Intro to Macbeth's Witches

Intro to Macbeth's Witches

A KS3 lesson to get students thinking about the witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This follows on nicely from a whole class staged combat scene to introduce the students to the play. The start activity may need adapting to a whoosh. Tasks encourage an abstract and stylised way of moving as the witches etc.
monroe84
Sample Pages For The War of the Vegetables Play Script

Sample Pages For The War of the Vegetables Play Script

A short extract from the play The War of the Vegetables, a lovely one act play about bullying, differences, and living in harmony. The Peas and Tomatoes have accidentally been sown in the same vegetable patch. They are struggling to live together until the Runner Beans threaten to take over and they have to join forces against a common enemy. With narration in rhyming verse and some lovely comedy business from the different vegetables, this is a great play for a large cast of younger performers. These sample pages give you a taster of what the play is like and allow you to try before you buy! If you like this sample the complete script - with full production notes, photocopiable script pages, and fabulous classroom follow-on activities - can be found in the Arts On The Move Shop here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-war-of-the-vegetables-play-script-11437930 Thanks everso!
AliJC
Making Drama From Poetry

Making Drama From Poetry

Three lessons that explore four ballads; The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond, The Ballad of The Gresford Disaster, The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny and Candle In The Wind The lessons introduce students to drama concepts such as cross cutting, dramatic irony, verbatim theatre, epic theatre and documentary theatre. These lessons are an awesome way of helping students understand and access these complex ballads whilst creating some innovative and challenging pieces of Drama.
keith_burt
The Ballad of The Gresford Disaster

The Ballad of The Gresford Disaster

The Ballad of The Gresford Disaster is about a mining accident that occurred in Gresford 22nd September 1934 in which 266 men and boys were killed due to failures in the safety and poor working conditions of the mine by the management. This lesson aims to allow the students to explore the events of that dreadful event, the people involved and their perspectives of what happened that night. This is a perfect resource for Key Stage 3, to help students at this level understand and appreciate the plot and characters of this complex ballad in a creative and accessible way.
keith_burt
The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny

The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny

The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny is an excellent tale of love, intrigue and revenge, perfect for Key Stage 3 and creating some innovative and exciting pieces of Drama. This lesson explores the story of the ballad through the uses of Flashbacks / Cross Cutting and Dramatic Irony. This is a perfect resource for Key Stage 3, to help students at this level understand and appreciate the plot and characters of this complex ballad in a creative and accessible way.
keith_burt
Sample Pages For The History of the Theatre - Part One!

Sample Pages For The History of the Theatre - Part One!

A short extract from the play The History of the Theatre - Part One! This is a one act speedy journey through the beginnings and development of the wonderful world of theatre. The story begins with early origins and ends with the emergence of William Shakespeare. It’s a great play script for learning about the history of the theatre in a humourous and entertaining way. These sample pages give you a taster of what the play is like and allow you to try before you buy! If you like this sample the complete script - with full production notes, photocopiable script pages, and fab classroom follow-on activities - can be found in the Arts On The Move Shop here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-history-of-the-theatre-part-one-play-script-11438263 Thanks everso!
AliJC
Grease lead sheets for school band

Grease lead sheets for school band

We picked the most famous songs and created easier scores for a school band with chords and structures. We had a band of mixed students from Year 4 to Year 9 and they could learn these songs in a couple of months. Perhaps later I can post a video of the show - we will have the first show today:)
Samusic
Exploring WW2 Through Drama

Exploring WW2 Through Drama

A short scheme, suitable for KS2 and KS3, that uses drama to explore elements of WW2. It covers issues facing children at home and as evacuees during the Second World War and provides lots of opportunities for discussion, interaction, and the sharing of information. The scheme is presented as one long unit but can easily be divided into separate lessons or bitesize pieces for the classroom. Drama methods include freezes, role play, improvisation, hotseating, mime and writing in role. The unit is brilliant as a springboard for further WW2 work, or to further reinforce WW2 topic work. If you liked this resource and found it useful, please spare a moment of your valuable time to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
AliJC
Exploring News Headlines Through Drama

Exploring News Headlines Through Drama

This is a great unit of work for KS2 and KS3 pupils which uses drama to explore the stories behind newspaper headlines. It focuses on creating story, looking at pivotal moments, exploring character and feelings, reporting, representing and recording news items. The scheme is presented as one long unit but can easily be divided into shorter lessons. Drama methods include freezes, improvisation, interviews, hotseating and presentations. It’s also great for stimulating creative writing activities and mini presentations. If you liked this resource and found it useful, please take a moment of your valuable time to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
AliJC
Blue Stockings (Jessica Swale) Scheme of Work, Power Point and Resources

Blue Stockings (Jessica Swale) Scheme of Work, Power Point and Resources

This is a six week scheme of work where each week contains three one hour lessons. The structure of the scheme of work is: Week One - Plot Week Two - Character Week Three - Theme Week Four - Directing Scenes Week Five - Duologue and Monologue Week Six - Costume / Live Performance Review / Unseen Scene There is an accompanying power point for the scheme of work. There are some pictures you will need to source yourself as for copyright reasons I am unable to include. These are a picture of the play front cover, a picture of Malala Yousafzai and a picture of a women’s dress in 1896. There are also resources included that are referenced in the scheme.
NLG2421
Living Newspaper (Mental Health)  SOW

Living Newspaper (Mental Health) SOW

A Drama SOW exploring the style of the Living Newspaper as documentary theatre alongside the stimulus Mental Health. Aims to be cross curricular learning as well as introducing students to different styles of theatre.
samv794
Frantic Assembly (WW2) Drama SOW

Frantic Assembly (WW2) Drama SOW

A cross curricular scheme of work I wrote, aimed at Year 8, as an introduction to Frantic Assembly through the stimulus of the Holocaust. Any feedback is welcome!
samv794
Missing Person (Brecht) SOW

Missing Person (Brecht) SOW

A scheme of work aimed at Year 8 as an introduction to Brecht based on the theme Missing Person. Introduces: -Placards -Multi-role -Chorus -Distancing effect
samv794
GCSE Spoken Language 9-1 Year 9 - 11 lessons

GCSE Spoken Language 9-1 Year 9 - 11 lessons

A set of 11 engaging and interesting lessons to support Year 9 in their preparations for Spoken Language presentations. You could also use these to teach the persuasive writing element of the English Language examination.
beev
9-1 Spoken Language 12 lessons

9-1 Spoken Language 12 lessons

A fully resourced and engaging set of 12 lessons for YR10 in preparation for the new Speaking & Listening component - Spoken Language. Includes embedded video clips PPT presentations and all required hand-outs. Could also be used for English Language Paper 2 Question 5 (persuasive writing) or for other YR groups.
beev