Drama teaching resources: Plays

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

The Gorgons Head Lesson Plan and Guided Reading Script and Quiz

The Gorgons Head Lesson Plan and Guided Reading Script and Quiz

The Gorgons Head Lesson Plan and Guided Reading Script and QuizEach 'package' consists of lesson plan plus guided reading script (6 speakers) plus quiz/reading comprehension. Lesson Plan (Around 20 – 30 minutes)The lesson time can be reduced to 20 minutes by e.g. omission of quiz/discussion.The script takes around 5 minutes reading time. The quiz takes around 5 – 10 minutes.These resources accommodate both small group and all class engagement. As explained in the lesson plan, whilst a group of six speakers read the script, the rest of the class (divided into teams) follows in order to answer questions that follow. There are also some ideas for follow up discussion, time permitting.Time allowance is flexible - from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how much of the package is used.This script, along with four others (Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and the Cyclops, Pandora's Box and The Tale of Two Spinners) is available as one product - The Ancient Greek Myths Guided Reading Scripts Sample TextPolydectus: Women! Nothing but trouble!Perseus: I’d be careful what you say, if I were you! I think we’re a bit out- numbered here today!Medusa: Correct! I, Medusa, am here today representing my two immortal Gorgon sisters, Stheno and Euryate. Shame I wasn’t!Athene: Well, don’t go expecting any sympathy from me! Messing around in my temple, with that Poseidon! You deserved what you got! Beauty is only for those who deserve it! You certainly didn’t!Medusa: And you made sure no one would look twice in our direction!Danae: What! With all those snakes for hair! I’d say not!Athene: Plus that other one small detail – that once someone did look in their direction, they didn’t make the same mistake again! They couldn’t!Quiz Sample1. Who wanted to marry Danae?2. Who was the son of Danae?3. Why was Polydectes apparently so annoyed at his wedding?4. What did Polydectes trick Perseus into saying?5. What did he ask for?6. Why did he want Perseus out of the way?

By suesplays

Henry VIII Bundle

Henry VIII Bundle

Excellent set of 14 resources on Henry VIII and the Tudors comprising multiple detailed PowerPoints and booklets. Covers every aspect pupils need to know.

By Polaphuca

Theseus and the Minotaur Lesson Plan, Guided Reading Script  and Quiz

Theseus and the Minotaur Lesson Plan, Guided Reading Script and Quiz

Theseus and the Minotaur Lesson Plan, Guided Reading Script and QuizEach 'package' consists of guided reading script (6 speakers) plus lesson plan and quiz/reading comprehension; and accommodates both small group and all class engagement. As explained in the lesson plan, whilst a group of six speakers read the script, the rest of the class (divided into teams) follows in order to answer questions that follow. There are also some ideas for follow up discussion, time permitting.Lesson Plan (Around 20 - 30 minutes)The lesson time can be reduced to 20 minutes by e.g. omission of quiz/discussion.The script takes around 10 minutes reading time.The quiz takes around 5 – 10 minutes.This script, along with four others (Odysseus and the Cyclops, The Gorgon's Head, Pandora's Box and The Tale of Two Spinners) is available as one product - The Ancient Greek Myths Guided Reading Scripts. These scripts are also available separately as guided reading scripts, lesson plans and quizzes.Sample Text:Pasiphae: This is a tale of two cities.Aegeus: AthensMinos: And Crete. It has vile villainsTheseus: A noble heroPasiphae: A wronged wifeMinotaur: And a hideous monster.Minos: It is a tale of deceitPasiphae: Of shameAegeus: Of murderMinos: Of revengeAegeus: Of sacrificeTheseus: Of braveryAriadne: Of loveAegeus: Of victoryTheseus: And of terrible tragedy.Ariadne: So let’s see how this tale unfolds. Starting with the deceit.Quiz Sample1. What was the name of the father of Theseus?2. He was the king of which city?3. Who was the king of Crete?4. What was the name of his wife?5. What was the name of their daughter?6. What was the name of her half-brother?7. Who would you say was a ‘vile villain’?8. Who was the hero?9. Who was the wronged wife?

By suesplays

Odysseus and the Cyclops lesson plan, guided reading script & quiz

Odysseus and the Cyclops lesson plan, guided reading script & quiz

Odysseus and the Cyclops lesson plan, guided reading script & quizEach 'package' consists of lesson plan plus guided reading script (6 speakers) plus quiz/reading comprehension.Lesson Plan (Around 20 - 30 minutes)The lesson time can be reduced to 20 minutes by e.g. omission of quiz/discussion.The script takes around 10 minutes reading time. The quiz takes around 5 – 10 minutes.These resources accommodate both small group and all class engagement. As explained in the lesson plan, whilst a group of six speakers read the script, the rest of the class (divided into teams) follows in order to answer questions that follow. There are also some ideas for follow up discussion, time permitting.Time allowance is flexible - from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how much of the package is used.This script, along with four others (Theseus and the Minotaur, The Gorgon's Head, Pandora's Box and The Tale of Two Spinners) is available as one product - The Ancient Greek Myths Guided Reading Scripts Sample text:Greek warrior 2(laughing): Yes, we’ve heard how being a blacksmith was just a little bit too taxing for you! Did being born with only one eye mean you were only born with half a brain?Cyclops 2: How rude! Though I guess it was a shame we forgot our old blacksmith skills.Polyphemus: Even though I would never have driven a red-hot stake into the eye of any creature.Greek warrior 1: Not even one that was holding you captive, and eating 2 men for breakfast and supper, every day?Odysseus: Real convenience food, we were!Polyphemus: Well, you did make a welcome change from lamb stew!Poseidon: Enough! Here I am, trying to defend you, Polyphemus, and all you can do is confirm their story! What are you? Stupid, or something?Sample Quiz/Reading Comprehension Questions• What animals did Cyclops look after?• What trade had Zeus originally trained the Cyclops for?• How did Polyphemus prevent Odysseus and his men from escaping from his cave?• Why did the Cyclops not help Polyphemus?• What did Odysseus use to dull Polyphemus’s senses ..even more?

By suesplays

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 5

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 5

This resource takes you through a range of activities that explore language, form and structure alongside thematic links and theory. This lesson incorporates drama activities and creative activities to ensure students enjoy learning about Shakespeare's play. This lesson will take between 5-7 hours in teaching time. This is also available as part of a complete unit of work on this text if preferred.

By joannammarsh

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Whole Text

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Whole Text

This bundle incorporates 5 powerpoints that take your through a step by step analysis of key scenes and each Act considering, language, form, structure, characters and themes. It includes some theory on the text and in the final powerpoint draws on activities that engage students with the overview alongside using this to access exam style questions. This is everything you would need to teach this text.

By joannammarsh

KS3 Bullying SOW

KS3 Bullying SOW

SOW for KS3 (mainly year 7) for drama on the theme of 'Bullying'. There is a powerpoint to accompany some of the lessons and a separate SOW and mini script on the Humpty Dumpty story.

By philippaeverett

GCE EDEXCEL A level Drama and Theatre Studies  Unit 4 REVISION GUIDE

GCE EDEXCEL A level Drama and Theatre Studies Unit 4 REVISION GUIDE

A thorough revision guide for A Level Students sitting Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies Unit 4 Exam, particularly those studying Woyzeck by Georg Buchner, and saw Shakespeare for Live Theatre evaluation. This resource would also be of use to those studying other exam questions as it includes, timings, question analysis, and example structures for each section of the exam, and detailed workshops that can be used for section A.Contents:Timing and Marks.Section A:• Workshops• StructureWOYZECK• SHCP- What influenced Buchner? • SHCP- Original audience • SHCP- Original staging• Buchner’s aimsSection B• Question types• Example structuresSECTION C- Shakespeare.• Much ado about nothing- First production• Shakespearian/Elizabethan staging and acting techniques.• Shakespeare’s original intentions and audience reactions• RSC Much ado- cast and crew• Much ado about nothing- Scene synopsis and Set pic• Luscombe’s intentions• Questions• Structure and perfect paragraph content Check your own revision work

By itsonlyme....

The Sandman  and Fidget Spinners Double Pack with Starters

The Sandman and Fidget Spinners Double Pack with Starters

The Sandman and Fidget Spinners Double Pack with StartersTwo engaging top selling lessons + a starter pack with word games!Fantastic value!Click on the links for further details.Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish

By EngageinEnglish

An Inspector Calls Exam Practice - Drama

An Inspector Calls Exam Practice - Drama

This is a PowerPoint looking at the breakdown and wording of questions, to help guide pupils to best answer them in preparation for their GCSE drama written exam. It shows pupils how to answer the question as both an actor and a designer, provides a clear structure and mark scheme so pupils can see how they are rewarded for their answers.This was made as a direct result of failing to find any resources available for the current work.

By adam-iqbal

An Inspector Calls Character Study

An Inspector Calls Character Study

An in depth look at the major characters of An Inspector Calls. Useful for revision or for characterisation to help pupils with given circumstances (Stanislavksi).Suitable for both English and Drama needs

By adam-iqbal

20 x Drama Alphabet Analysers Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary

20 x Drama Alphabet Analysers Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary

20 x starter activity alphabet analysers with the theme of Drama (KS3/GCSE). Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen. Themes/topics are (in no particular order):1. Approaching A Script, 2. Using The Space, 3. Using Your Body, 4. Using Your Voice, 5. Developing Characters, 6. Drama Elements, 7. Improvisation, 8. Staging A Scene, 9. Structure Of A Play,10. Famous Plays & Performances11.Acting12. Common Mis-spellings13. Costume14. Genres15. Masks16. Mime17. Musical Theatre18. Pantomime19. Specialisms20. MediaThe idea behind these is to get students to become more literate and think independently about the words that could be used to describe the topic being taught. Often the students will pick up on things that you would not normally expect!

By mikedean

20 x Drama Crosswords Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary Crossword

20 x Drama Crosswords Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary Crossword

20 x starter activity crosswords with the theme of Drama (KS3/GCSE). Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen. Themes/topics are (in no particular order):1. Approaching A Script, 2. Using The Space, 3. Using Your Body, 4. Using Your Voice, 5. Developing Characters, 6. Drama Elements, 7. Improvisation, 8. Staging A Scene, 9. Structure Of A Play,10. Famous Plays & Performances11.Acting12. Common Mis-spellings13. Costume14. Genres15. Masks16. Mime17. Musical Theatre18. Pantomime19. Specialisms20. Media

By mikedean

20 x Drama Wordsearches Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary

20 x Drama Wordsearches Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary

20 x starter activity wordsearches with the theme of Drama (KS3/GCSE). Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen. Themes/topics are (in no particular order):1. Approaching A Script, 2. Using The Space, 3. Using Your Body, 4. Using Your Voice, 5. Developing Characters, 6. Drama Elements, 7. Improvisation, 8. Staging A Scene, 9. Structure Of A Play,10. Famous Plays & Performances11.Acting12. Common Mis-spellings13. Costume14. Genres15. Masks16. Mime17. Musical Theatre18. Pantomime19. Specialisms20. Media

By mikedean

80 x Drama Starters Wordsearches Crossword Alphabet Brainstorm GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover

80 x Drama Starters Wordsearches Crossword Alphabet Brainstorm GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover

80 x starter activities with the theme of Drama (KS3/GCSE). Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen. Activities for each include at least one of Wordsearch, Crossword, Anagrams and Alphabet Brainstorm Analyser. Themes/topics are (in no particular order):1. Approaching A Script, 2. Using The Space, 3. Using Your Body, 4. Using Your Voice, 5. Developing Characters, 6. Drama Elements, 7. Improvisation, 8. Staging A Scene, 9. Structure Of A Play,10. Famous Plays & Performances11.Acting12. Common Mis-spellings13. Costume14. Genres15. Masks16. Mime17. Musical Theatre18. Pantomime19. Specialisms20. Media

By mikedean

20 x Drama Anagram Sheets Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary

20 x Drama Anagram Sheets Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Homework Cover Plenary

20 x starter activity anagram sheets with the theme of Drama (KS3/GCSE). Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen. Themes/topics are (in no particular order):1. Approaching A Script, 2. Using The Space, 3. Using Your Body, 4. Using Your Voice, 5. Developing Characters, 6. Drama Elements, 7. Improvisation, 8. Staging A Scene, 9. Structure Of A Play,10. Famous Plays & Performances11.Acting12. Common Mis-spellings13. Costume14. Genres15. Masks16. Mime17. Musical Theatre18. Pantomime19. Specialisms20. Media

By mikedean

Snow White Play cast of 6 an alternative version

Snow White Play cast of 6 an alternative version

Snow White Play cast of 6 An alternative to Brothers Grimm versionThis is one of a set of 'alternative' fairy tales based on those written by Brothers Grimm but re-written, just as they did! This alternative Snow White play can be used for performance or as a guided reading text.Cast of 6, reading time around 15 - 20 minutesPurchase includes: Synopsis of original fairy tale, play script, teaching input, discussion and suggested follow up activities.Other cast of 6 alternative plays: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and this one also available as assembly/class play cast size 30 (easily adaptable up or down). Snow White also available as a pantomime - cast of 30 or 60.Sample ScriptNarrator: Good morning and welcome to (Enter Snow White, followed by shrieking Queen)Queen: (Angrily) Snow White? What are you doing here?Snow White: Oh! I was just about to set off into the woods with the huntsman, as you ordered.Queen: (Sweetly) Ah! That’s all right then! I just wanted to wish you a wonderful day!Snow White: How kind! I am rather looking forward to going out! Everyone says how pale I look!Queen: Exactly! Most unattractive! I’m sure a day in the woods will do you and your complexion the world of good!(Exit Snow White, waving)Queen: Ugh! Horrid ugly child!(Mirror, who has been standing silently to one side, suddenly ‘comes to life’)Mirror: Well I wouldn’t ..Queen: (Interrupting) Oh do shut up! How many more times do I have to tell you? I am the fairest of them all!Mirror: But I always give you the truth!Queen: Which I do not need to hear around the clock, thank you very much. And anyway, you’ll soon be changing your tune!Mirror: What do you mean? I can’t sing!Queen: (Rolling eyes) No, what I meant was, you will give me a different answer next time I ask you that questionNarrator: (Holding up script) Oh, I think I know what that one is!Queen: And who asked you?Narrator: (Indignantly) Well, really, madam! There’s no need to be quite so churlish! I am supposed to be directing this story, you know!Queen: (Dismissively) Huh! What’s to direct? (To Audience) We all know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, right?Narrator: Well, you may think you do. But haven’t you heard? Fairy tales are being rewritten all the time andQueen: (Interrupting) Oh really? You mean, someone might see me in a more favourable light?Narrator: Who knows? If you play your cards right who knows what might happen?Queen: Ooh. Now you’ve got me interested! You’ve no idea how tedious it is being cast and re-cast as a baddie!

By suesplays

Peer-Assessment Sentence Starters

Peer-Assessment Sentence Starters

A set of 25 cards with sentence starters to support peer assessment. These can be used after a performance. It can be used to peer assess the creating, responding and evaluating skills of your students. Designed for Drama but can be used / adapted for other subjects.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Assessment Sentence Starters / Cards

Assessment Sentence Starters / Cards

A set of two cards with sentence starters to support self and peer assessment. It can be used to self assess the creating, responding and evaluating skills of your students. Designed for Drama but can be used / adapted for other subjects.

By What_Is_In_A_Name