“Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult”.
But like everything else it can be done more successfully when analysed and practised and this scheme will help incalculably.
So here, across 10/11 sixty minute lessons, running to 30+ pages and 8,000+ words, you will find a scheme of work looking at:
Black (Dark) Comedy,
Sketch Shows and
All of this is tied up with an end of unit assessment.
All the support links and sheets are included and lessons are planned in timed sections. This is suitable for Key Stage 3 (or for Key Stage 4 who have little drama experience, or for ex-curricular or Drama Club projects). Download the sample from the link in second image for a complete lesson.
This 6 lesson scheme of work uses Mischief Theatre as an inspiration for creating comedy. It explores how to create drama that goes wrong, using a range of Dramatic skills and techniques.
Designed for KS3, particularly year 7 & year 8, this scheme of work includes: 6 lessons, 6 PowerPoints, 6 KUBAT learning objectives, all resources and an easy assessment resource. The lesson plans and assessment are in an editable format so it can be tailored to your students and your department.
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A fully resourced 6 week scheme of work covering different aspects of comedy. All lessons come with a PowerPoint presentation and worksheet resources. Topics covered include: slapstick comedy, satire, sarcasm, parody, juxtaposition, hyperbole, review writing, modern humour, how comedy has developed over the years. Could easily be adapted for KS2 or KS3 students.
This fun scheme of work covers the history of Melodrama and explores key characteristics of melodrama and silent movie. These are 6 fully prepared lesson power-points which include practical and collaborative activities.
**Lesson 1 **- Introduction to Melodrama and stock characters
Lesson 2 - Performing in a Melodrama using stock characters and gestures
**Lesson 3 - **Exploring facial expressions and body language
Lesson 4 - Introducing Slapstick Comedy
**Lesson 5 - **Using placards and captions in performance
**Lesson 6 - **Assessment - Creating a piece using key features.
This unit of work also includes the resources needed in the lessons and a Melodrama and Silent Movie learning mat.
• Inspired by the professional dance work, ‘Swansong’, (Christopher Bruce 1987)
• The unit makes cross-curricular links with citizenship, dealing with the process of false imprisonment and interrogation and Human Rights.
• The unit focuses on an emotive and moral issues.
• Technical skills are further developed in this unit in particular contact work, lighting and weight bearing, soft shoe tap, the use of props and an introduction to a simple abstracted ballroom technique (tango)
• Expressive skills are a key emphasise of this unit. Pupils will be asked to play contrasting roles, taking on the role of the interrogator and that of the victim. As the dance progresses the intensity of each role deepens. The guards are expected to show extremes, one moment being the comedy act, the next a cold harsh interrogator.
• Use of focus and facial expression along with the variety of technical movement and repeated phrases support the intensity of the work.
• Choreographic skills pupils will reflect the structure of the dance work and the narrative. Pupils will use mainly trio formations and relationships, with some opportunity for a victim’s solo and a duet cane/tango dance.
As students analyze Shakespeare comedy, they work in groups to create their own Shakespearean comedy - using genre conventions including themes, plot, setting, titles, types of character and more .Students are provided with detailed examples including a whole example play to help them, and detailed planning sheets so they can craft their comedies together in groups. Students then prepare and perform a scene from their own play, judging its success on class success criteria. A really engaging lesson for students of all ages. Fully differentiated throughout.
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Schemes of work for comedy & tragedy as well as lessons
Perfect to be taken as a skeleton and adapted to suit any KS3 group
SOW for Comedy
SOW for Tragedy
Includes study of slapstick, melodrama, parody, tragicomedy, antigone, Greek chorus, Shakespeare.
Created for use with Yr 9
I have spent a long time developing and creating my Schemes of Work, so thought some other people may want to try these too.
The pack contains 6 Schemes of Work to cover the whole of Year 7:
Introduction to Drama in Year 7
Pantomime and Comedy
The Departure (devising)
Jeff (topic themed)
The beauty of the PowerPoints is that anyone can teach from them, including non-specialists. I have had many compliments on my work, so I am sure you will love them!
Resources for particular lessons are also included, such as scripts and video clips that are accessible from the PPT.
Shakespeare introduction from B and D Publishing. The KS3 scheme of work Introducing Shakespeare is an introduction to Shakespeare’s England and Theatre. There are worksheets on Elizabeth I, Elizabethan Clothes, Houses and Homes, Food, Life in Town and Country, Shakespeare’s Home and Family, Stratford-on-Avon, School, Games and Sport, Fairs and Festivals, Ships and Sailors, and Shakespeare’s London.
The section on Shakespeare’s theatre includes worksheets on Plays and Pageants, Travelling Players, Elizabethan Theatres, Actors and Writers, Plays, Plague and Poems, Shakespeare’s Histories, Comedies, Tragedies, The Globe, The Stage, Stage Properties, Costume and Special Effects.
This pack includes a simple model of the Globe theatre for pupils to make - an effective way of making the essential features of the Elizabethan stage clear to students. The pack is also suitable for home learning.
The scheme of work is 40 pages and free sample pages can be downloaded here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks3-introducing-shakespeare-scheme-of-work-sample-pages-11889712
We also offer a KS4 Shakespeare pack, providing an introduction to the author and his works, with worksheets about the Bard’s life and times and examining extracts from a selection of his works: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-shakespeare-pack-scheme-of-work-12346647
Also available are Introducing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Introducing Romeo and Juliet. These KS3 teaching resources are written in three sections: a shortened, simplified version of the play in Modern English; a matching shortened version in Shakespeare’s English; and worksheets on the play:
We also offer the Starting Shakespeare series, short simple introductions to the plays for KS3, available for: Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet; Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Much Ado About Nothing; The Tempest; The Merchant of Venice; Julius Caesar; Henry V; Richard III.
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A variety of whole lessons reading lesser-known dystopian literature and tying these in with students' creative writing of a dystopian narrative. There is also a practice reading comprehension and a final reading comprehension assessment. This scheme of work is designed for middle to top set students at GCSE level. I found all the students really engaged with the topic and already knew loads of dystopian works of literature, films and computer games, so had to stretch them to read lesser known works. I've tried as far as possible to make this relevant to their interests and to be representative of a range of backgrounds instead of just the classic "dead, white males". My students really enjoyed this unit of work and I hope yours do too!
Structuring narratives in interesting ways (very useful for getting A*s)
Analysing and writing speech in ways that show originality and flair (as well as accuracy of punctuation)
Creating original dystopian worlds
Creating original dystopian characters
Close analysis of individual words and basic PEE reading answers
Improving and extending vocabulary
Recognising satire and comedy in film and literature (Idiocracy and Harrison Vonnegut) because, frankly, all this dystopian stuff could get a bit depressing otherwise!
A detailed and thorough comprehension of a (student-friendly version) of Stephen King's The End of the Whole Mess with optional scaffolding which should build towards GCSE style detailed essays covering plot summaries, close analysis, evaluation of word choice, structure, messages, themes, conventions, language features and more.
TWENTY lessons AND a detailed scheme of work. A complete A Midsummer Night’s Dream bundle that includes everything you need to teach the text at KS3, including an assessment task, homework tasks, differentiated lessons, models, scaffolds, key quotes and more. Accessible, differentiated and detailed.
Introduction to Shakespeare (Genre and Context)
The Globe Theatre (Context)
The Great Chain of Being (Context)
Act 1 Scene 1 Relationships
Act 1 Scene 1 and Helena
The Mechanicals and Bottom
The Fairies (Act 2 Scene 1)
Titania and Oberon (Act 2 Scene 1)
Oberon, Helena and Demetrius (Act 2 Scene 1)
Puck’s Mischief (Act 2 Scene 2)
Titania and Bottom (Act 3 Scene 1)
Act 3 Scene 2
Hermia, Act 3 Scene 2 and Structure
Act 4 Scene 1
The Theme of Dreams
Writing Your Own Shakespeare Comedy
Scheme of Work document
Available for single teacher licence or unlimited teacher licence so you can share with all your colleagues.
This scheme of work and 6 lesson plans explores the genre of Melodrama, starting with the silent movie. By the end of the topic, students have performed a scene in 3’s in the style of melodrama, concentrating on physical elements and vocalisation.
The scheme encourages students to explore Physical comedy,
Stock characters, Tableau and Narration, whilst concentrating on creating and presenting a character, as well as exploring the use of script, scenario and contextual information.
Each lesson in this 6-lesson plan also includes a full break down of practical exercises and activities as well as 2 scripts and links to online video resources, to aid students learning. Enjoy!
A scheme of work for KS3 that aims to give students an overview of several Shakespeare’s works.
Works covered are ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, Comedy of Errors’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Richard II’, ‘Richard III’ and ‘Sonnet 18’.
Each PowerPoint has a selection of differentiated tasks, teachers can use all of the tasks for more able groups or select a few depending on the ability of the group. There is also a written task that could be used for extention tasks or even part of cover.
Any suggestions/feedback is welcomed!
This engaging Year 9 SOW focuses on different areas of comedy and satire and builds to students creating their own satirical sketch. Lessons have edited video resources, class worksheets and homework sheets which build analytical skills for GCSE. Each lesson also has a detailed powerpoint as a visual aid. Please note that this SOW will take some time to download as it contains mp4 files and over 20 different resources. I've found this SOW works well for the last term of year 9 when students have selected options!
This complete scheme of work explores the plot, characters, themes and context of this classic comedy.
Skills included over ten 100 minute session are:
Visual, aural and spatial aspects