I made these for a low ability Year 8 group based on the play of 'The Demon Headmaster' by Gillian Cross. Unfortunately, I rarely saw this group as it was shared, so the resources are very limited.
A scheme of 6 lessons for the play The Demon Headmaster. Contains a detailed plan, powerpoint, self and peer assessment resources, and homework. Scheme focuses on developing drama and literacy skills, good for weak groups. Copies of the play are needed but the TV series is also available on YouTube which is useful.
A resource with a powerpoint lesson presentation that provides various information which may be useful for students revising in preparation for their English GCSE exam on Paper 2. This contains information on how to get a 'C' grade and has used some information from the grade boosters pack.
This is a play suitable for an end of year production or Year 6 leavers' assembly. It lasts about 30 minutes. It is set in the modern day which makes the story more accessible to the children. It is amusing and appeals to both boys and girls. <br />
There are 24 speaking parts (including 11 narrators which could be condensed into less) and non-speaking parts for the football fans, the rock group, the storm sequence and the underwater sequence.<br />
Music suggestions are made for the various sequences and these can be kept very basic or choreographed as full dances. Costume is left up to you.
This pre-reading activity offers a modern version of An Inspector Calls. It details the events of a girl's life leading up to her suicide, including a headteacher expelling her, a young man getting her pregnant etc. <br />
Students read about the events and decide who is most to blame for the girl's death. This is more relatable to students and helps them to engage with the plot line of An Inspector Calls.<br />
This could also be a speaking and listening assessment.
Go through the PowerPoint slide showing statements about Shakespeare. Students move to the left or right of the room depending on whether they think the statement is true or false. Once students have made their decision, click the mouse and show the answer. Use the Teacher's Notes to give students a little bit more information about the fact. This is an interactive starter activity that students really engage with.
Issue 'Shakespeare Prologue' to pairs. Students work through the prologue as if they are detectives deciphering a piece of evidence. They must 'zoom in' on individual words, decipher their meaning and try piece together what the entire prologue actually means and what is going to happen in the play. <br />
Allow students 20 minutes to do this before discussing the prologue and finally handing them 'Prologue Explained' which is the prologue translated into modern English.<br />
Albeit simple, students love the detective element to this activity. It really helps to engage them.