Drama teaching resources: Plays

Resources and ideas for drama, plays, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)

Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied ROMEO AND JULIET are asked to match the text on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name.A plague o’ both your houses. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.Parting is such sweet sorrow.Young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, or never after look me in the face.For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone till Holy Church incorporate two in one.A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life…Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man. Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. Your lady mother is coming to your chamber: the day is broke; be wary…O true apothecary, thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.Tempt not a desperate manMy only love sprung from my only hate!Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?O happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

By Carlav

Structuring an Analytical Essay for Macbeth

Structuring an Analytical Essay for Macbeth

Targeted at KS4 pupils, the adaptable writing frame provides pupils with a guided structure (with arrows) about how they can build a convincing analytical argument through each sentence. Each sentence is connected with an arrow that shows pupils how their analytical response follows a structure; in following the arrows pupils realize how they must begin with a topic sentence to evidence, to analysis then the reader's response and concluding the writer's intentions. The structure is modeled and pupils are given opportunities to follow the structure and analyse alternative extracts independently for the entire lesson. This works great in group work and independent tasks that lead to presentations. The analytical structure is adaptable to different texts and provides a great scaffold for all analytical writing tasks.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Class, Capitalism and Socialism in An Inspector Calls

Class, Capitalism and Socialism in An Inspector Calls

Targeted at low ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint provides an insightful platform that enables pupils to explore how class, capitalism and socialism are embodied by the characters. In providing specific extracts, differentiated questioning and comprehension checks before assessing pupils, the PowerPoint is widely accessible for diverse classes.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Motif of Sleep in Macbeth

Motif of Sleep in Macbeth

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable resource enables pupils to recognise how sleep is used as a motif of guilt in Macbeth. Within the resource are suitable questions, extracts from the play, assessments and scaffolds that usefully support and promote independent learning.

By deepavali_sehgal1

The Controversy of Class in An Inspector Calls

The Controversy of Class in An Inspector Calls

Targeted at low ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint provides an insightful platform that enables pupils to explore the controversial nature of class in An Inspector Calls by recognising how this unjustifiably leads to segregation. In providing specific extracts, differentiated questioning and comprehension checks before assessing pupils, the PowerPoint is widely accessible for diverse classes.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Freytag's pyramid in Macbeth

Freytag's pyramid in Macbeth

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable resource enables pupils to explain how Shakespeare follows Freytag's five-act structure in order to intensify and add fluidity to the play. Through accessible models and assessments, pupils begin to discuss the value of the 'turning point' in the play.

By deepavali_sehgal1

MacbethKey Quotes in Freytag's Pyramid

MacbethKey Quotes in Freytag's Pyramid

Targeted at GCSE pupils, this structured revision board guides pupils with key quotes as to how each element of Freytag's Pyramid is presented through language in the play. The relevant quotes will enhance pupils' comprehension of the plot and ability to analyse quotes throughout the play.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Hamlet (a triangle puzzle)

Hamlet (a triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied Hamlet are asked to match the text on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:- This above all: to thine own self be true.- There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.- I must be cruel only to be kind.- To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream . . . - There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.- Brevity is the soul of wit. - I must be cruel only to be kind; thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.- Get thee to a nunnery. - The lady doth protest too much, methinks. - O that this too too solid flesh would melt …- Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!- When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions.- Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.- What a piece of work is a man!- One may smile and smile and be a villain. - Happy in that we are not overhappy; on Fortune's cap we are not the very button.- Neither a borrower nor a lender be: for loan oft loses both itself and friend.

By Carlav

Macbeth key quote analysis

Macbeth key quote analysis

Five worksheets (one for each act) with a selection of key quotes. Pupils have to find out who said them before explaining their effect on the audience and the impact of the key words. Model answers are included on the worksheets which make an excellent revision tool once completed.

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Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Ancient Greek Myths Pandora's Box Assembly or Class PlayThis class play can be used as an assembly (for performance) or as a class play, to be read within the classroom.Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration - around 15 - 20 minutes reading not including music suggestions.The Seven Deadly Sins plus all those Vices? No wonder our Narrator is worried! But as with all good stories, this one has a happy ending - well, maybe not for all those baddies!This is one of a collection of Ancient Greek Myth scripts – assemblies and guided reading scripts, sold as separate and combined products. This play could also be used as a PSHE resource – on resisting temptation, and the victory of good (hope) over evil (Seven Deadly Sins plus, in this case 19 Vices).Sample Text:Music 5 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt(Epimetheus sings love song to Pandora)Narrator: (Indicating for music to stop) Yes, yes. We get it! Young love!Epimetheus: Oh come on! Look at this perfect woman? How could I possibly resist?Narrator: (To audience) Aha! Somebody else who couldn’t resist temptation!(To Pandora) No offence to you, madam.(To Epimetheus) But did you not look a little deeper? I mean, yes, she’s undoubtedly beautiful but(Optional burst of The Price You Pay – Bruce Springsteen)Pandora: (Angrily) Oh right! It’s the blond argument, right? The ‘well, if she looks that good, there can’t be much underneath’? No spirit, heh?Music 6 Missionary Man – Eurythmics(Pandora throws off her ‘pretty clothes’ displaying a much stronger image)Narrator: (Holding up hand for music to stop) Whoa! That’s not the Perfect Pandora I was expecting!Epimetheus: (Gasping) And that’s not a side of my wife I’ve ever seen before!Pandora: Of course not! You only ever wanted me to be that perfect ‘domestic goddess’ – sitting around, looking pretty, staring vacantly out to space!Epimetheus: Well, isn’t that what wives are supposed to do?Narrator: Not this one, I suspect!(Optional excerpt of Thorn in my Side – Eurythmics – Pandora strutting up and down)Narrator: (Holding hand up) OK. Yes, we’ve got it! So underneath all that sweetness was a whole heap of frustration!Pandora: More like mega boredom! I mean, what was I supposed to do all day?Epimetheus: Stay out of mischief?

By suesplays

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Drama Reports Template

Drama Reports Template

A template with citations for Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory. Particular words are highlighted to make it easier for you to adapt to your own subject, students, targets and words. There are also sentence starters to help you compose your own report and a long list of preset targets that you can use. Examples below:• Answer more frequently in the lesson or volunteer to model work in the lesson. • Using drama vocabulary, give feedback to your peers.• Change the pitch, tone, volume and speed of your voice in order to develop a character.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Skills and Knowledge Checklist for KS3 Drama

Skills and Knowledge Checklist for KS3 Drama

Skills and Knowledge Checklist for KS3 Drama- Tick off when skill has been acquired. I film students as evidence each month too and correspond it to the skill as evidence. Once the skill has been met- date it, tick it off and share with the students. Every student has this booklet in my class. Excellent way of tracking progress and showing progress over time. *Students footage kept on drive that only staff can access. Secure and with parental consent.

By beans0508

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Ancient Maya School Assembly Script (KS2/3)

Ancient Maya School Assembly Script (KS2/3)

This 20 minute script was written by an experienced primary school Head of English who is also, outside of school, an award-winning writer. The script was penned for a high ability Year 4 class but is suitable for performance by any year group in KS2 or 3. The script is deliberately humorous, yet is also full of informative and educational learning opportunities about the ancient Maya culture. The script has 30 parts but these could easily be split or doubled up depending on the number of children involved.

By andytaylorwow1

Macbeth Key Quotes

Macbeth Key Quotes

Targeted at Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils, this comprehensive collection of quotes from Macbeth would usefully guide pupils through the key events of the plot. In addition, the specific quotes would facilitate their detection of character development and the portrayal of relationships throughout the plot.With its flexibility, the quotes may directly be analysed or pupils may work in groups as they explore alternative ways in which the quotes may be enacted and how their chosen expression influences the portrayal of characters.

By deepavali_sehgal1

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Victorian Talent Show Assembly Script (KS2/3)

Victorian Talent Show Assembly Script (KS2/3)

This amusing yet educational assembly script has been written by an experienced primary school Head of English who is, away from the classroom, also an award-winning playwright. Originally written for a high ability Year 5 class, this class assembly script is suitable for performance by any Key Stage 2 or 3 year group. The assembly as scripted runs for approximately fifteen minutes. Parts may of course be doubled up or split as necessary. The assembly involves both historical and fictional figures from the Victorian age being assessed for their ‘talent’ by modern TV talent show judges, with comic yet enlightening results.

By andytaylorwow1

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Drama Worksheet / Written Work / Behaviour

Drama Worksheet / Written Work / Behaviour

This is a worksheet designed to help disengaged students see the value in Drama. It requires them to research skills needed and apply it to their own lives, in order for them to realise what Drama can do for them.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Drama GCSE Key-Word Revision Sessions [Crosswords & Games] (Exam Preparation)

Drama GCSE Key-Word Revision Sessions [Crosswords & Games] (Exam Preparation)

This revision session is designed for GCSE Drama teachers who want to lead revision sessions focussed on key-words and literacy. The download features:-A full PowerPoint to guide the session (with a starter, objectives, main task, a game, & AfL)-A colourful and fun double-sided worksheet (with 2 x key-word crosswords)-A teacher’s answersheetIt serves as a fun and relaxed way for students to revise key-words and allows you to gauge their knowledge of key-words based on how fast they can complete the task.Ideally, you should have a time where students work alone at first (so that you can gauge their level of knowledge) and then co-operatively (in pairs) so that they can learn.All activities in this session are focussed on key-words so if you feel your students need to revise key-words this is the perfect resource for them!

By Maxi88

An Inspector Calls Lessons

An Inspector Calls Lessons

A powerpoint used to work through the J.B Priestley play 'An Inspector Calls'.Readies students for their Literature GCSE exams.Prescripted reading sections and focus questions.Key themes and ideas to consider throughout.

By mp06

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Introduction to Drama/ Cautionary Tales/ Horror

Introduction to Drama/ Cautionary Tales/ Horror

This is an eight week scheme of work for Year 7 as an introduction to Drama. It starts with a lesson on Drama games and introduction on how to behave in the classroom it then leads into Cautionary Tales to explore building and creating a story and finishes on a couple of Horror lessons to teach students at genre. This will give them the skills necessary to take forward into future schemes of work. The lessons are suitable for you to be able to focus on building routines and improving skills to set you up for a successful start to their Drama career.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

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Horror Story with PowerPoint with Sound Effects

Horror Story with PowerPoint with Sound Effects

This is a PowerPoint that has been timed to speak and to make noises in to add atmosphere and tension. An aid to show students how to build up suspense and tension. Attached is a story example that you can use with the PowerPoint however you can make your own as well. The PowerPoint is timed and is on a black slide to look as though it is off. Students will then be surprised and scared when the demon Red Eye appears suddenly "ready to get them."

By What_Is_In_A_Name

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Cautionary Tale

Cautionary Tale

Ideal for a lesson for Year 7. This PowerPoint is an hour's lesson for students on Cautionary Tales. Usually I will introduce the activity by having sweets or a phone out. I will clearly warn the students not to eat them/take them and then have one student who I have already spoken to take the sweet. We will then role play the student having eaten a stale sweet or pretend it is wax and pretend to rush the student off to the school nurse. Students love this as a starter activity but this is optional.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

What Priestly didn't tell us in An Inspector Calls

What Priestly didn't tell us in An Inspector Calls

A great activity for GCSE students to help them consolidate their knowledge of the play.This activity encourages students to thoroughly explore characters and their behaviour . They also have to consider the language used by Priestley in presenting these characters.It encourages them to develop an insight into the mysterious Eva SmithSuitable for most abilities as you can ask students to work in pairs or groups , an able student may enjoy the challenge to work on their own. There are also 5 starter scripts to help students access the tasks.

By mudlobber

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The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class Play

The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class Play

Ancient Greek Myths The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class PlayCast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration: around 10 - 15 minutes not including musicWhat was Poseidon thinking - taking on all these women? He might succeed at putting the youth Perseus in his place but a group of 'wronged women'? Never!This is one of a large collection of Ancient Greek scripts written by Sue Russell – guided reading scripts also available.Sample Text:Medusa: Just like I said! Gods! Men! The bane of our lives!Poseidon: (Clutching his forehead, muttering) I think I have a headache coming on. (Pauses)You know something? I suddenly feel just a little outnumbered! Would you ladies mind just giving me a short break?(Exit Athene, Medusa and Danae, shrugging their shoulders)Poseidon: Phew! Peace at last! Oh, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against ‘the weaker sex’(Athene comes storming back)Music 3 War – Edwin Starr – Brief excerptAthene: What was that you just said? Weaker, eh? I’ll show you weaker!(Athene strides up and down, wielding her sword)Poseidon: (Holding hand up) OK. I apologize.Athene: Goddess of wisdom and war! (To Poseidon) You’d do well to remember that!Poseidon: (Aside) As if I could forget! (To Athene) Now, what was I saying about having a little peace?Athene: Huh! Give me war any day!(Exit Athene)Poseidon: (Clutching head) Women! I knew I should never have agreed to this!(Enter Perseus, giving Poseidon a ‘high five)Perseus: What’s up, bro?Poseidon: (Indignantly) Bro? I’ll give you bro!Perseus: OK so I guess it’s Uncle, really – seeing as Zeus was my dad, and your brother!Poseidon: Correct! So, no more bro, right?Perseus: Fair enough! So, what’s the plan, dude?Poseidon: (Exploding) Dude? That’s even worse than bro! What is it with you youngsters? Can’t you talk normally?Perseus: (Sighing) OK I’ll try! I’m just not used to hanging out with oldies like you!Poseidon: (Exploding) Now look here, young Perseus! If you and me are going to get along, you need to show a little respect!(Enter Danae)Danae: Perseus! Where are those manners I taught you?Poseidon: I think he might have lost them during his travels!Danae: Well, let’s help him find them again! Poseidon is only trying toPoseidon: (Looking at his watch) Get this story told? Well, that’s proving a bit of a challenge! (To Danae) No offence, madam, but you women don’t half talk a lot!(Enter Polydectes, accompanied by ‘several’ women, all chatting and laughing)Polydectes: (Groaning) Tell me about it! You want to try keeping them quiet in court! Once they get going there’s no stopping them!

By suesplays