Drama Exploration - A Streetcar Named DesireQuick View
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Drama Exploration - A Streetcar Named Desire

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Designed for Grade 8 to 12 pupils, this scheme of work allows pupils to explore character and theme to an in-depth level. Pupils undergo a dramatic analysis of fantasy vs reality within the play and also the nature of desire. Each session is followed up by a written analysis designed to explore character and theme and the effectiveness of the ways drama can be used to both explore and portray ideas and effects. This Unit lasts for 6 hours.
 Reading, Writing and Speaking Assessment Checklists  for Grade 6, 7 and 8.Quick View
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Reading, Writing and Speaking Assessment Checklists for Grade 6, 7 and 8.

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Use these sheets to grade your pupils' understanding of Reading and their ability to Write and Speak. The range varies from Foundation to Excellent though assessment letters, numbers or levels can also be added. These sheets can be used for either teacher or peer assessment. Not all criteria will be relevant for every task and certain points can be highlighted as your activity is set up, therefore providing a target for individual pupils.
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An Original Play: Someone Out There Cares About Me

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This play is primarily designed for performance but its secondary function is for use in the classroom. Essentially it has three main actors but this can easily be changed with multi-roles being split etc. with the daughter being changed to a son; additional walk on roles and so on. As a class text, groups can be given individual scenes to perform which can then be put together for one complete performance. Someone Out There Cares About Me can be used to teach the basics of movement, voice, space, levels, and characterization that the pupils will need to be able to hold themselves successfully on stage. It promotes authenticity of performance due to the shifting characterization and the general pace of the plot. The stage directions are designed for pupils to follow in a manner that helps them to understand the ‘performance space’ more thoroughly. This play may also be used for a whole school performance.
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An Original Play - Someone Out There Cares About Me

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This play is primarily designed for performance but its secondary function is for use in the classroom. Essentially it has three main actors but this can easily be changed with multi-roles being split etc. with the daughter being changed to a son; additional walk on roles and so on. As a class text, groups can be given individual scenes to perform which can then be put together for one complete performance. Someone Out There Cares About Me can be used to teach the basics of movement, voice, space, levels, and characterization that the pupils will need to be able to hold themselves successfully on stage. It promotes authenticity of performance due to the shifting characterization and the general pace of the plot. The stage directions are designed for pupils to follow in a manner that helps them to understand the ‘performance space’ more thoroughly. This play may also be used for a whole school performance.
Assessment Checklists for Reading, Writing and SpeakingQuick View
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Assessment Checklists for Reading, Writing and Speaking

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Use these sheets to grade your pupils' understanding of Reading and their ability to Write and Speak. The range varies from Foundation to Excellent though assessment letters, numbers or levels can also be added. These sheets can be used for either teacher or peer assessment. Not all criteria will be relevant for every task and certain points can be highlighted as your activity is set up, therefore providing a target for individual pupils. These sheets can be utilised as part of the Assessment for Learning process.
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Drama Exploration - Equus

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Designed for Grade 8 to 12 pupils, this scheme of work allows pupils to explore character and theme to an in-depth level. Pupils undergo a dramatic analysis of the role society plays in determining what is 'normal' and how key factors in our youth can have significant effects on our lives. Each session is followed up by a written analysis designed to explore character and theme and the effectiveness of the ways drama can be used to both explore and portray ideas and effects. This Unit lasts for 6 hours.
Drama Exploration - WW1 The War Machine and Daily LivesQuick View
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Drama Exploration - WW1 The War Machine and Daily Lives

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Designed for Grade 8 to 12 pupils, this scheme of work allows pupils to explore character and theme to an in-depth level. Pupils undergo a dramatic analysis of the reasons why young men joined the First World War, the reality they faced there and the often tragic consequences Each session is followed up by a written analysis designed to explore character and theme and the effectiveness of the ways drama can be used to both explore and portray ideas and effects. This Unit lasts for 6 hours.
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Ways to Boost Your Writing

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This activity challenges pupils into considering the individual word choices they make when writing by finding alternatives. It allows them to see how small choices at the lexical level can make significant variances in terms of meaning and connotation. Use this lesson for any class and for any observation - especially if you can't guarantee to get the PowerPoint working!!! Simple, basic and effective allowing for individual, paired and whole class collaboration.
Grade 6 to 8 Assessment Rubric for EnglishQuick View
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Grade 6 to 8 Assessment Rubric for English

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Assessment criteria based on the threshold model for Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. The criteria are progressive through Grade 6, 7 and 8. Use this sheet for mark all pupil work in Grade 6, 7 and 8. Grades, Levels or Numbers can be changed to suit.
Drama Exploration - Separation and MigrationQuick View
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Drama Exploration - Separation and Migration

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Designed for Grade 8 to 12 pupils, this scheme of work allows pupils to explore character, theme and social context to an in-depth level. Pupils undergo a dramatic analysis of the reasons behind migrant workers leaving to find work, and the often painful effects of them doing so. Each session is followed up by a written analysis designed to explore character and theme and the effectiveness of the ways drama can be used to both explore and portray ideas and effects. This Unit lasts for 6 hours.
Text Analysis QuestionsQuick View
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Text Analysis Questions

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When investigating how to read and analyse a text, a number of different aspects need to be considered. Having a basic overview of the text is important. Additionally, knowing whether the text conforms to the basic conventions of its genre and pointing out how stylistic and language devices have been used to create shades of meaning and effect is essential.
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Teaching Thought Tracking

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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.
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Teaching Freeze Frames

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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.
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Teaching the Use of Metaphor and Motif

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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.
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Teaching Cross Cutting

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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.