Drama teaching resources: Warm-ups and games

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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

Gothic Writing - Semi-colons and 'show' don't tell.

Gothic Writing - Semi-colons and 'show' don't tell.

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this flexible resource challenges pupils to use semi-colons in order to create contrasting portrayals of their characters. In creating opposing portrayals of their character on either side of the semi-colon, pupils can create interesting and original descriptive writing.

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

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

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

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

Physical Theatre and Fairy Tales

Physical Theatre and Fairy Tales

This PowerPoint is created to suit a 6 week term with a 1 hour lesson each week. Lessons are fully planned with learning objectives, expectations, starters, mains and plenaries. Everything you need to get going! This is good resource for a not specialist or a department just starting up. Specifically for year 7 but could be used in Key stage 2.

By amythornton91

Pantomime KeyStage 3 Drama/Performing Arts

Pantomime KeyStage 3 Drama/Performing Arts

This powerpoint is created to suit a 6 week term with a 1 hour lesson each week. Pantomime is a key unit for students to learn. This is aimed at Year 8 but could be taught to Key Stage 2 as well as Key Stage 3. This complete PowerPoint comes with Learning Objectives, Lesson expectations, starters, mains and plenary activities. Ideal for NQT's, small departments or non specialists.

By amythornton91

Let Him Have It Unit of Work. Drama/Performing Arts

Let Him Have It Unit of Work. Drama/Performing Arts

This PowerPoint is suited for a 6 week term with a 1 hour lesson each week. It is aimed at Year 9 but could be taught to years 8-11. This comes complete with Learning objectives, lesson expectations, starters, mains and plenaries. Ideal for NQT's, small departments or non specialists.

By amythornton91

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

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

Voice - Building a Character

Voice - Building a Character

A lesson on voice focusing on pitch, pace, tone, clarity, volume and accent. Can be used for KS3 and KS4. A good lesson for observations. Lots of assessment and literacy.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Role on the Wall Template

Role on the Wall Template

A role on the wall template to help students develop their character. This sheet has two templates a plain one for HA and MA students and a differentiated, annotated template for LA students to help them achieve the same in depth answers as their peers.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Development of Character

Development of Character

A PowerPoint slide that has the key words of how to develop a character using the headings, what is see, what is heard, what is understood. Students can use it as a checklist when checking whether they have created their character fully. Mainly KS3 use.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Year 8 How to Create a Character Lesson

Year 8 How to Create a Character Lesson

A lesson that can be used for any KS3 but works well with Year 8. The lesson focuses on building character and this is through stereotypes. The lesson objectives can be easily adapted to suit as can the grades or levels your school uses.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Building a Character - Objectives

Building a Character - Objectives

A lesson introducing students to Drama Objectives. A key skill to learn and an introduction into the practitioner Stanislavski for lower school students (Year 8 or Year 9). A good lesson for an observation.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

How to Show Character

How to Show Character

A PowerPoint slide showing students the different aspects they need to consider when creating and showing a character. This can be printed off or added to any slide. This can be used mainly for KS3 but can also be a reminder for GCSE students also. This will also provide support to LA students as it will give them key words and also gives them examples.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Role on the Wall Template

Role on the Wall Template

A template for development of character lessons. This has two templates, one blank for HA and MA students and another one with questions and prompts on to support LA students to give the same answers as LAs

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Emotions and Feelings Word Wall

Emotions and Feelings Word Wall

This set includes 15 words (each on its own card). Each emotion word has a matching picture right on the word card. The following words are found in this set: angry, anxious, bored, confident, disappointed, frightened, embarrassed, happy, hurt, interested, jealous, sad, satisfied, surprised, and thoughtful. These are great for letting students play with and use if they are having a hard time identifying how they feel in certain situations. Each page has three word cards and they are to be printed on 8.5 x 11 (letter) sized paper. Grades 1-3.Nyla's Crafty Teaching

By TeacherNyla

Exit Ticket Cards

Exit Ticket Cards

Exit Ticket Cards that can be changed to suit the lesson. The six cards are colour co-ordinated. Two for LA, two for MA and two for HA students can pick which one they want to complete.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Macbeth (a triangle puzzle)

Macbeth (a triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied the Scottish play are asked to match the text on the edges of 16 triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:-But screw your courage to the sticking place . . .-Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it. -Let not light see my black and deep desires. -False face must hide what the false heart doth know. -There’s daggers in men’s smiles. -The attempt and not the deed confounds us. -Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. -Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble. -Give sorrow words. -Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.-Look like th' innocent flower, but be the serpent under ’t.-Out, damned spot!-What’s done cannot be undone. -The instruments of darkness tell us truths . . . -By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.-Fair is foul, and foul is fair.All nauseatingly fawning feedback gratefully accepted.

By Carlav

Fun drama starters, settlers and revision

Fun drama starters, settlers and revision

Revision materials and fun starters/settlers for KS3 drama. Includes revision of drama techniques via a "Beat the Teacher" game. Once all drama techniques are identified by the class, the teacher has to catch the class out. They repeat the name of the technique only if the teacher says it correctly otherwise the teacher scores a point, e.g. if the teacher calls out, "Thought-seating" instead of "thought-tracking" then the teacher scores a point. If the class get the right answer, they score a point.

By Laukins1

Shape Poems Drama/Literacy lesson

Shape Poems Drama/Literacy lesson

A visual literacy task for a drama starter/stimulus.Lesson objective: To select quotations from a play which reflect themes or charactersLesson outcome: To create one or more shape poems using drama as a stimulusIncludes: exemplar shape poems, clear instructions and plenary.

By Laukins1

Outstanding English lessons bundle

Outstanding English lessons bundle

A bundle of ten high-quality, engaging and highly differentiated lessons and resources. Can be adapted or used for KS3 and KS4. Ideal for student English teachers looking for exemplar materials and organisation of lessons. ] From poetry analysis, Gothic Fiction to An Inspector Calls.

By lhowellpratt