English - Dramatic introductions

27th May 2011 at 01:00

What is it?

The "Introducing drama" collection features resources for drama reference and theory, as well as activities to introduce drama through warm-up activities.

How to use it

Resources include a booklet on teaching drama, recognising good drama, and structuring drama lessons and facilities, uploaded by TES Web Staff. A guide to improving behaviour through drama includes tips and exercises on how to use it to help children become more aware of themselves and other people (uploaded by ruthwinter). A glossary for playscripts can be displayed on the wall or turned into cards to use in a game (iffatsardharwalla). An activity from HamiltonTrust asks pupils to look at a variety of scripts and broadcasts on both radio and television, before creating a short audio broadcast from their own scripts.

Resources around Shakespeare include an education pack looking at Shakespeare for all ages (TESEnglish), a PowerPoint to introduce the Globe Theatre (bubblepink 123) and a scheme of work for Macbeth, including a selection of approaches to the text (jazzster).

Lilisu has uploaded a 12-week drama club plan, while a motivational poster contributed by ricks28 reminds pupils of the behaviour and attitudes that will help them get the most out of drama. The collection also includes a template for writing a school play, which can be adapted to any production by changing the pictures (lbrowne).

Ideas for warm-ups and activities include a variety of drama games, covering themes such as improvisation, miming and freeze-frames (travel n teach), an introduction to improvisation (TES Resources Team), a "getting to know you" game (Gibb) and cards for playing charades (missjulieclark).

Where to find it


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